FBI: Thousands Could Lose Internet Service to Malware on Monday 7/15/12
July 5, 2012
Thousands of Americas could lose their Internet service on Monday due to malware that could have been on their machines for up to a year.
Those whose computers are still infected Monday will lose their ability to go online.
If that happens, they will have to call their service providers for help deleting the malware and reconnecting to the Internet.
The problem started with hackers running an online advertising scam to take control of more than 570,000 infected computers around the world.
The FBI took down the hackers late last year but realized that if they turned off the malicious servers being used to control the computers, all the victims would lose their Internet service.
To help the victims, the FBI set up a temporary system and hired a company to install two clean Internet servers to take over for the malicious servers.
The system prevent people from losing their service.
But that temporary system will be shut down at 12:01 a.m. EDT on Monday, July 9.
Warnings have been posted on Facebook and Google to warn users to check their computers.
Most Internet providers have also sent notices about how to check for the malware.
The FBI have even set up a website where users can check to see if their computers are infected.
To check whether a computer is infected, you can visit a website run by the group brought in by the FBI by clicking here