Hundreds of thousands of internet users may lose their access to the internet this summer, and they don’t even know it.
Thankfully there’s something simple that can be done about it, and it only takes a few clicks of a mouse to find out if you’re one of the affected users, the biggest problem is spreading the word, as most aren’t even aware that the problem exists.
Here’s the deal: last year the FBI and other authorities took down an international hacker ring that had been running an online advertising scam that had taken control of a network of over half a million infected computers around the world, all unbeknownst to the owners of said infected machines.
To prevent disruption in internet service for infected users, the FBI set up a safety net of clean servers, but on July 9th that system will be shut down, and users that have not addressed the problem before then will no longer be able to get online.
In an effort to address the problem, the FBI is urging everyone to please visit the website of one of its security partners, DCWG.org, to find out if your system is infected, and if so, how to fix the problem before the July 9th cut-off date.Continue Reading