“Malware Monday” Mostly Hype As Few Lose Internet Access
If you’re reading this, it’s proof that the “Internet Doomsday” that was supposed to materialize today wasn’t much of an Armageddon.
The concern started back in 2007, when hackers unleashed a virus affecting hundreds of thousands of internet users, diverting them from properly accessing the internet. The FBI took down the plot, and set up clean internet servers to service the affected computers; but those servers were taken offline at 12:01am today.
Original estimates said that 570,000 computers were still affected by the virus. Reuters reports that by Sunday, only 211,000 computers were still using the FBI servers, 42,000 of them in the US. The real number of at-risk computers today was expected to be even lower, as Internet Service Providers brought in new clean servers for the affected machines.
Even at it’s peak, the virus affected only a small fraction of the more than 1 billion internet users worldwide.
Stewart Baker, a former assistant secretary of Homeland Security, told the Wall Street Journal that concerns about the virus had always been overblown:
“The notion that somehow there was going to be an Internet Armageddon today was always overdone,” he said. “It was a pretty small number of machines that hadn’t been taken care of by their owners that were going to be shut off. They were unlikely to be central to any institution’s functioning.”
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