The FBI is to ‘pull the plug’ on 350,ooo virus infected machines, cutting off web access for users around the world, including those from the US and UK.
Around 350,ooo computer have been affected by the DNSChanger trojan, a virus that sends the user to websites that they did not want to access, sometimes these being illegal.
When the FBI detected the infection they set up ‘surrogate’ servers to keep the infected PC’s working – but it’s costing so much that they intend to ‘pull the plug’ on 9 July. The temporary servers set up by the FBI were created to allow companies to remove the trojan from their infected servers; those affected had 120 days to get rid of the malware. Since the FBI’s warning the number of computers infected with the trojan has come down significantly, with most of the infected computers being owned by individuals, not large companies.
If you want to check whether you have the malware or not, then the FBI has set up this site, just enter your IP address and see what message comes up.