Monday, July 9, has been called “Internet Doomsday” because there is a chance to that several hundreds of thousands of users won’t be able to use the internet then.
Well, a group of international hackers ran an online advertising scam and took control of more than a half million computers around the world once they became infected. The FBI went after the hackers in late 2011, only to find out if they turned off the bad servers that were being used to control those computers, the infected users wouldn’t be able to access the Internet.
So the FBI set up some clean servers to serve those infected machines, but as the FBI doesn’t want to be America Online, it’s shutting down those servers Monday and those infected users will lose online access. There have been plenty of online warnings to users to check and clean their machines. Still, as of Friday, the FBI is saying nearly 300,000 computers worldwide and about 65,000 in the United States are still affected.
The FBI servers go off at 12:01 a.m. Monday, July 9. If you cannot access the net then, contact your service providers for details.
Meanwhile, there’s a simple way to check to see if you are in trouble.
People whose computers are still infected Monday will lose their ability to go online, and they will have to call their service providers for help deleting the malware and reconnecting to the Internet. Some providers, like Comcast, have already contacted customers it detected to be in trouble. Facebook and Google have had similar warning systems.
To check whether your computer is infected, visit a website run by the group brought in by the FBI: http://www.dcwg.org.