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FBI Warns Public About Computer Virus That Will Knock Thousands Off The Internet

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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The FBI is warning the public about a malicious computer virus that is set to knock thousands of unsuspecting people off the Internet in several days.

Authorities busted the Estonia-based Rove Digital Network, a ring of computer hackers, last November.

Their scheme infected thousands of computers worldwide in “Operation Ghost Click.”

They set up phony servers to re-direct people to different websites and ratchet up millions of dollars in illegal fees.

From the DCWG.org website, “Under a court order, expiring July 9, the Internet Systems Consortium is operating replacement DNS servers for the Rove Digital network. This will allow affected networks time to identify infected hosts, and avoid sudden disruption of services to victim machines.”

It’s expected that as many as 60,000 Americans will be cut off from the Internet if they don’t check their computers prior to the cut off.

Officials are urging people to go to DCWG.org, the legit government site, that allows you to see if you computer was infected by the DNS malware and how to fix the problem if it was.

For more about the virus and how to combat it, click here.

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