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Effect of Internet Doomsday virus
Yesterday, the Internet Doomsday virus or the Alureon DNSChanger malware was expected to create internet blackout all over the world. The FBI had created a safety net to help the users to protect the infected machines months back. The US authorities removed this safety tool as well.
There were fears that the computer virus could block the Internet access all over the world. Soon after midnight EDT, the officials cut the servers directing the traffic of the infected computers in New York City. This way, the infected computers would have been blocked the access to the Internet.
Some media and news blogs warned of internet shutdown and claimed that the malicious Internet Doomsday malware could create loss of Internet. But it seems like the virus lacked the strength that it was expected to have.
The users of affected systems needed some assistance as the virus had modified some of the settings on their computers. It diverted the traffic through rogue servers that resulted in advertisements. These servers were shutdown in November 2011.
The infected systems were not able to access the web until they were repaired. There were tools to remove the virus from the computer and free the device from infections.
As per a security expert, there was not a big impact. The number of users who lost the internet access was below 2,11,000 in US as the Internet service providers has set their own servers for the users of infected machines to access the internet.
A Twitter user has tweeted that “Its the 9th of July, and the Internet has not exploded into bits and pieces”.