As we all know, the Internet can be a dangerous place. We know there are many dirty little viruses and worms waiting to infiltrate our precious files and disable our computers. But now, the virus to beat all viruses may be sitting dormant in your computer waiting for its moment to permanently render your computer useless.
The FBI has been investigating a nasty little virus that has been left on hundreds of thousands of computers across the world, according to the Huffington Post. After July 9, the virus will disable the use of the Internet on the computers affected.
International hackers ran an ad scam that was able to access the Microsoft Windows operating system and infect over 500,000 computers:
“Hackers infected a network of probably more than 570,000 computers worldwide. They took advantage of vulnerabilities in the Microsoft Windows operating system to install malicious software on the victim computers. This turned off antivirus updates and changed the way the computers reconcile website addresses behind the scenes on the Internet’s domain name system.”
The government set up a sort of “safety net” to combat the vicious bug and clean up infected computers, but only until March. But a judge had to extend the system to July, because they realize that there were many more computers affected than they thought. The ad scam that tricked consumers to clicking on the ad, redirected consumers to a fraudulent version of the site and bilked consumers out of $14 million.