Internet users scanning their Twitter feeds or Facebook accounts Sunday might want to add one more quick click to check their computer for malware.
Thousands of people around the country whose computers were infected with malicious software more than a year ago face the possibility of not being able to get online.
At 12:01 a.m. Eastern time Monday, the FBI plans to shut down the servers set up to keep infected computers online the past eight months.
The problem began when international hackers ran a scam to take control of more than 570,000 infected computers around the world. When the FBI went in to take down the hackers, agents realized that if they turned off the servers being used to control the computers, all the victims would lose Internet service.
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Questions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide detailed information.