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Malware May Knock Thousands Off Internet

Associated Press Published: July 6, 2012
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Despite repeated alerts, tens of thousands of Americans may lose their Internet service on Monday unless they do a quick check of their computers for malware that could have taken over their machines more than a year ago. (July 6)

[Location - Date:] New York

[Source:] AP

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COME MONDAY MORNING, TENS OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS MAY LOSE THEIR INTERNET SERVICE.

THE FBI IS URGING PEOPLE TO DO A QUICK CHECK OF THEIR COMPUTERS FOR MALWARE THAT COULD HAVE TAKEN OVER THEIR MACHINES MORE THAN A YEAR AGO.

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Richard Benigno, senior vice president of Stonesoft,

(" I would recommend that those consumers that are unsure whether they are affected or not to go to www.dcwg.org and there's two or three simple steps that will immediately determine whether your pc is infected or not.")

THE PROBLEM SURROUNDS AN ONLINE ADVERTISING SCAM THAT THE FBI SHUT DOWN LAST YEAR.

BUT INVESTIGATORS SOON REALIZED THAT IF THEY TURNED OFF THE MALICIOUS SERVERS BEHIND THE ISSUE, ALL THE VICTIMS WOULD LOSE THEIR INTERNET SERVICE.

NOW THAT THE NUMBER OF CONNECTED USERS HAS DROPPED TO AROUND 64,000 IN THE UNITED STATES, THE FBI SAID THE TIME TO SHUT DOWN THOSE SERVERS IS NOW.

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