FBI to ‘pull plug’ on 350,000 virus-infected machines – cutting off Web for users in U.S. and UK
UK Daily Mail
April 25, 2012
On 9 July this year, the internet will suddenly ‘turn off’ for thousands of users around the world.
Around 350,000 PC users have machines infected with an invisible, undetectable ‘Trojan’ computer virus called DNSChanger, which sends users of the Web to unintended – and sometimes illegal – sites.
When the FBI detected the infection they set up ‘surrogate’ servers to keep the infected PCs working – but it’s costing so much that they intend to ‘pull the plug’ on 9 July.
‘If we just pulled the plug on their criminal infrastructure, the victims were going to be without internet service,’ said Tom Grasso, an FBI agent talking to Fox News.
According to RT Network, servers function by translating traditional website URLs to their ‘numeric counterpart.’
But computers with the Trojan, which originally emerged in Estonia, will send users to fraudulent websites.
This article was posted: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 3:30 am