FBI Warns July 9 Last Day Before Virus Causes Internet Loss
The FBI offers test and fix to the "DNS changer" malware designed by hackers who have infected an estimated 277,000 computers globally.
Without a fix that is being put out by the FBI, it is possible that hundreds of thousands of computer users infected by the DNS Changer computer virus could lose access to the Internet on Monday, July 9.
The FBI has set up a website that will check to see if a user's computer is using "rogue DNS" (DNS is shorthand for "domain name service"). There is also a document on the FBI site that explains how to fix the problem.
The problem arises during the process of shutting down the computer. Once the shutdown is complete, computers infected by DNS Changer could lose access to the Internet. D-day is set for July 9.
According to CBS News, although down from the number reported in April, some 277,000 computers worldwide—64,000 of them in the United States—could still be infected.
The FBI is still urging users to visit www.dcwg.org, a website run by its security partner, to find out whether their computer is infected and how to fix the problem.
After July 9, any computers still infected will not be able to access the Internet. Many people still don’t know whether or not their computers have been affected.
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