The US’s FBI have issued a warning that computers infected with hidden malware will lose access to the internet from July 9, 2012.
The FBI statement, which includes advice on how to check for and remove the malware, can be found on its website. Reports around the web suggest that while the FBI originally set up a ‘safety net’ to prevent the impact of the malware, they’ve now shut down this system. Infected machines are therefore at risk.
Bloomberg Business Week said,
“For computer users, a few mouse clicks could mean the difference between staying online and losing Internet connections this summer.
Unknown to most of them, their problem began when international hackers ran an online advertising scam to take control of infected computers around the world. In a highly unusual response, the FBI set up a safety net months ago using government computers to prevent Internet disruptions for those infected users. But that system is to be shut down.
The FBI is encouraging users to visit a website run by its security partner, http://www.dcwg.org, that will let them know if they’re infected and explain how to fix the problem. After July 9, infected users won’t be able to connect to the Internet.”
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