Hundreds of thousands of Internet users worldwide could be without Internet access on Monday due to a clever Estonian-engineered “malware” virus, according to the FBI.
According to FBI sources, DNS-Changer now affects around 275,000 computers worldwide. The FBI, in a superbly-titled action called “Operation Ghost Click,” shut down the crime ring in November 2011 – but unfortunately, the DNS-Changer malware has proved a lot harder to stomp out.
To buy IPs time, the FBI and the Internet Systems Consortium worked together to provide a temporary fix, re-re-routing the fraudulent traffic. During this period, your Internet service provider was supposed to contact you and inform you if your computer was among the affected. Google and Facebook have also alerted some potentially affected users.
The temporary fix will be shut off on Monday – meaning users whose ISP’s haven’t managed to inform them of the infection yet could be in for a very inconvenient start to their work-week.