Will the FBI shut down the Internet on March 8 because of computer virus concerns?
The Internet could go dark for millions of users as early as March 8 because of a virus
that has corrupted computers in more than 100 countries.
The computer script, called DNSChanger Trojan, taps into fraudulent servers, sending
users of the Web to unintended – and sometimes illegal – sites.
Though the FBI has shut down the DNSChanger network and put up surrogate servers,
they warned the solution was only temporary – and the court-ordered deadline is March
Infected: The Trojan ‘DNSChanger’ could cause millions – including Fortune 500
companies – to lose their Internet if the FBI shuts down surrogate servers
Court order: The FBI has been ordered to retire their surrogate servers by March 8
According to RT Network, servers function by translating traditional website URLs to
their ‘numeric counterpart.’
But computers with the Trojan, which originally emerged in Estonia, will send users to
And, if the FBI shuts off their emergency servers, millions of people could potentially be
The temporary servers set up by the FBI were created to allow companies to remove
the worm from their infected servers; those affected had 120 days to get rid of the
But the court-ordered 120 day period is fast running out.
Now, the FBI would require a court-ordered extension to keep from retiring those
According to security company Internet Identity, as many as half of the Fortune 500
companies, as well as two dozen government entities could go dark once March 8 roles
will either have to be shut down or run by a court-ordered extension
The malware is especially malicious, Gizmodo reports, because it blocks infected users
from visiting secure sites that could help them rid of the worm.
Law enforcement officials and the computer industry have been working together in a
coalition to fight the malware.
The group, called the DNSChanger Working Group, will examine possibilities to fixing
If no solution is reached, millions of people could be without the Internet, RT reports.