Got your power back? Ready to lose Internet access next?
Last year, the FBI shut down an Eastern European criminal ring responsible for infecting millions of computers worldwide with a virus known as DNSChanger. Since then, the FBI has been operating — along with the nonprofit Internet Systems Consortium — a routing system (a safety “net,” if you will) to keep infected computers online.
Well, that complimentary routing service ends Monday, July 9. And according to reporting by the Washington Post and PC World today, your computer — as well as the one I’m writing on at the moment — may have been infected without our knowledge some time over the past five years. PC World estimates that close to 70,000 computers in the U.S. may still have the bug.
A quick check via this link should let you know if your PC or laptop has been compromised.
(Yay! My office desktop just got a clean bill...