Internet Blackout Could Affect 300,000 Online Users Today

| July 9, 2012 | Reply
Internet Blackout Could Affect 300,000 Online Users Today

Internet Blackout Could Affect 300,000 Online Users Today

Chris Dougherty
Virtual Threat Contributing Writer

 

Starting Monday,  up to 300,000 users may experience an Internet blackout due to a nasty virus that started circulating the web in 2007.

The FBI will shut down the temporary DNS servers that it set up to support users affected by the rogue virus called DNSChanger.  Once those servers are shut down, all computers infected by the virus will be knocked offline.

If you have a friend, or family member, who is one of the three hundred thousand computers infected with the DNSChanger virus, they will lose access to the internet starting at 12 p.m. Monday.

The virus was originally released in 2007. Last year, authorities apprehended the group of hackers that launched it, however the virus continues to spread.

Once the virus has found it’s way on to your computer, it redirects your internet queries to fake websites set up by the hackers. You can read more about the DNSChanger virus here.

But there’s an easy fix to the problem.

You can go onto VirtualThreat.com and it will pop up a notice if the virus is present on your computer. Once you know if you are infected, you can take your computer to any repair shop and they can install anti-virus software on your computer.”

The virus has been found on both Macs and PCs.

 



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