Don’t ignore a Facebook warning that your computer might be infected. It’s probably telling the truth.
The social networking site, along with Google, Comcast and the FBI are working to make sure Americans don’t lose their Internet Monday due to malware set up by international hackers over a year ago.
An online advertising scam infected more than 570,000 computers in more than 100 countries with malicious servers.
There are now more than 277,000 computers that are probably infected, according to the FBI, which projects that about 64,000 of those are in the United States.
Infected U.S. computers include those belonging to government agencies, such as NASA, educational institutions, non-profit organizations, commercial businesses and individuals.
The malware enabled the hackers to digitally hijack Internet searches and re-route infected computers to certain websites and advertisements. The hackers were paid each time these websites or advertisments were clicked.
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