Old Computer Bug Could Take Down User’s Internet Access in July

Fox News reports that an old computer virus created by malicious hackers could have put your computer at risk, and if you don’t fix the problem by July you many not be able to access the internet. What happened is, the FBI busted the hackers and took over their servers. So all is good now. But in July the FBI’s system will be shut down. Apparently, there is an easy fix.

The FBI is encouraging users to visit a website run by its security partner, www.dcwg.org, that will inform them whether they’re infected and explain how to fix the problem. After July 9, infected users won’t be able to connect to the Internet.

Most victims don’t even know their computers have been infected, although the malicious software probably has slowed their web surfing and disabled their antivirus software, making their machines more vulnerable to other problems.

Last November, the FBI and other authorities were preparing to take down a hacker ring that had been running an Internet ad scam on a massive network of infected computers.

“We started to realize that we might have a little bit of a problem on our hands because … if we just pulled the plug on their criminal infrastructure and threw everybody in jail, the victims of this were going to be without Internet service,” said Tom Grasso, an FBI supervisory special agent. “The average user would open up Internet Explorer and get `page not found’ and think the Internet is broken.” (Read More)

The article indicates that the FBI estimates that there about 85,000 users that could possibly be affected. If nothing else, this is a good reminder to keep your anti-virus software up to date.