On Monday July 9, 2012 thousands of North Americans could use their internet connection when internet service providers block access to anyone with specific malware infecting almost 600,000 computers. The malware (short for malicious software), was downloaded to computers by international hackers through an advertising scam. Monday’s outage will be caused by the shutdown of the server hosting the malware. Most people are unknowingly affected but the malware could have caused slower internet browsing and disabled antivirus software.
Most service providers sent out notices to customer’s with infected computers over the past few weeks and even Facebook and Google created warning messages if users logged in with the malware lurking in the background. Regardless, it is recommended you check your computer before Monday’s shut down.
To learn how to check your computer yourself or use a commercial checker from trusted companies visit www.dcwg.org.
If on Monday you experience any issues connecting with the Internet, contact your service provider who can help you delete the malware.
In other internet news, you may have seen this Declaration of Internet Freedom floating around the internet. If you don’t know anything about the changes embodied in things like ACTA and SOPA you should probably figure it out because if you love something you should protect it. Like your family, your pets, a giant cookie, and internet privacy to name a few.
Sign the Declaration of Internet Freedom to establish the following principles:
• Expression: Don’t censor the internet
• Access: Promote universal access to fast and affordable network
• Openness: Keep the internet an open network where everyone is free to connect, communicate, write, read, watch, speak, listen, learn, create, and innovate
• Innovation: Protect the freedom to innovate and create without permission. Don’t block new technologies, and don’t punish innovators for their users’ actions
• Privacy: Protect privacy and defend everyone’s ability to control how their data and devices are used