DNS Changer-infected computer users will lose access to Internet this summer

DNS Changer-infected computer users will lose access to Internet this summer

Hundreds of thousands of Internet users will lose the ability to get online this summer, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has warned.

The FBI said around half a million computers are still infected with DNS Changer, a type of malware that was launched by a group of international hackers in an online advertising scam.

After infecting a machine, the malware directs the traffic to a fake version of the site the user types in to visit. Cyber criminals redirect users to fake sites to collect millions in undeserved commissions generated by the hijacked computer clicks.

A U. S. attorney said that the malware was launched by “international cyberbandits who hijacked millions of computers… collecting millions in undeserved commissions for all the hijacked computer clicks and Internet ads they fraudulently engineered."

The FBI created a safety net to allow users of the infected computers to access the internet. The federal agency’s safety net has been available for the past few months, but the agency will shut down the system on 9th of July.

But the good news is that fixing the DNS Changer malware is quite easy and those who will fix the malware by 9th of July will not encounter tough time after that date.

The DNS Changer malware was first discovered in 2007.

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