Will I lose my internet connection on July 9, 2012?
This is the question that a lot of people have been asking due to the recent FBI announcement that hundreds of thousands will lose their internet connections in July of 2012.
The truth is, maybe.
If you’re not interested in the details, you can go directly to the DNS changer check-up site setup to notify users whether or not they will be affected.
Now for the interesting stuff…
Why may hundreds of thousands of people lose their internet connection on July 9, 2012?
A virus was released in 2007 and installed on many computers without the users knowing it.
To cut out the techy talk, the virus basically made it so that you computer connects to the internet through a malicious internet server in eastern Europe instead of the normal internet server provided by your service provider.
This was done so that the attackers could install other software or steal information from your computer.
The FBI raided the facilities in November of last year but realized that if they took down the servers, all of the infected users would lose their internet connections.
To avoid this, the FBI hired a company to turn the servers into non-malicious servers and to continue to serve internet connections to the users that were infected with the original virus.
The FBI will be temporarily taking down the servers on July 9, 2012 to increase awareness of the issue and to encourage those who are infected to repair their systems, which you can find more information about on this site.
If you checked the first site I linked to above and it said everything was okay, then you don’t have anything to worry about.
Losing your internet connection could be a pretty detrimental event though, so please share this with anyone that you think may be at risk!