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Malware Will Kick Thousands Of People Off The Internet On Monday: Will You Be One Of Them?

Submitted by on July 9, 2012 – 9:28 amOne Comment

Are you reading this? Then, congratulations. You are probably not one of the nearly 300,000 people that will be kicked off the Internet today and left without a connection. If you’re reading this on your smart phone because your computer lost an Internet connection, we’re sorry. But, you probably have a type of malware installed on your computer that has caused your computer to lose its Internet connection. And, if you want to get rid of it, you’ll have to call your Internet service provider and have them talk to you about how to install it.

So, how did this happen? Well, late last year, the FBI took down a group of international hackers, who had infected more than 570,000 computers worldwide with malware through an online advertising scam. However, they quickly realized that if they took down the servers that those hackers were using, they would cut off Internet access for all of those who had their computers exposed to the malware. So, rather than shut the servers down immediately, they set up some temporary servers for those people infected with the malware, started putting out warnings about it, and used social networking sites like Facebook to get the word out. The problem: A lot of people tend to ignore those warnings—and, truthfully, with so many fake warnings out there, can you really blame them?—so there are still approximately 277,000 computers worldwide infected with the malware. As a result, they’re all going to lose Internet service when the FBI takes down the temporary servers today.

If you or someone you know has unfortunately been infected by the malware in question and you’ve lost your Internet connection today, the only thing you can do is call your ISP and ask them to tell you how to get rid of the malware and get reconnected. If you haven’t been infected with the malware, consider yourself lucky. After all, it’s getting easier and easier for hackers to plant malware, isn’t it? And, you very well could be next. So, make sure you keep your eyes peeled for future instances of this. Because, next time, you might not be able to read this.

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