Computers Affected by DNS Changer Virus Could Lose Connection Monday

Friday, July 06, 2012

laptop computers (Klein Photography/flickr)

Thousands of internet users in this country and around the world could lose their connection on Monday, the result of the so-called DNS Changer virus. The malware has been around for several years and last year, the FBI charged those responsible for creating the virus.

Federal authorities also seized control of the attackers' servers and installed new servers to re-direct those with infected computers so that they could still use the Web. But now the FBI says it can't keep using taxpayers' money to maintain the replacement servers, and plans to pull the plug on Monday. Jeff Jarvis is a journalism professor at City University of New York and author of the book "Public Parts."

Guests:

Jeff Jarvis

Produced by:

Jen Poyant and Elizabeth Ross

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