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Web Alert: Google warns of internet blackout

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 10:16

Washington: Search giant Google has issued a warning to its millions of users that they could lose the ability to connect to the internet in July due to a computer virus. The problem began when international hackers ran an online advertising scam to take control of infected computers around the world.
In a highly unusual response , the FBI set up a safety net months ago using government computers to prevent internet disruptions for those infected users , but that system will be shut down on July 9, killing connections for those people . The FBI has run a campaign for months, encouraging people to visit a website that will inform them whether they are infected and explain how to fix the problem.
After July 9, infected users won`t be able to connect to the internet. According to Fox News, Google has now planned to throw its weight into the awareness campaign . The site will be rolling out alerting to users via a special message that will appear at the top of the Google search results page for users with affected computers, CNET reported.


First Published: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 09:26

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