(WICHITA, Kan.) — An estimated 330,000 computers worldwide, 77,000 of which are in the US, are infected wih the DNSChanger virus. According to the FBI, this virus is responsible for scamming millions of dollars away from people and on Monday the virus might keep these compuers from getting online.
The DNSChanger was first discovered five years ago, and the scammers were arrested in their home country of Estonia. The FBI says they made approximately $14 million with the virus before being caught.
The virus, first discovered five years ago, would reroute computers to to a fake website, trick users into downloading what appears to be anti-virus software and then infect their computers. This then gave the scammers access to everything the user did on their computer, including online banking.
Because the virus was so widespread, the FBI set up seperate servers so infected computers could still use the web normally, but those servers will be shut down on Monday. That means, if your computer is infected, you will not be able to get online.