Posted: Jul 8, 2012 9:10 AM by Matt Stafford
WASHINGTON (AP) - 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.