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Not many Canadian Subscribers were affected by DNS Changer Virus

Yahoo News published a report on 9th July, 2012 quoting two largest Internet Service Providers (ISP) of Canada namely Bell Canada and Rogers Communications claiming their customers were not much affected by Monday's shutdown (referring to DNS Changer Virus) of the temporary (Federal Bureau of Investigation) FBI-operated servers in U.S. which had been keeping Canadian web users attached to Internet.

It is expected that around 10,000 Canadian internet users had fallen victim of DNS Changer virus which had attacked computers worldwide.

Yahoo news published a report on 9th July, 2012 quoting Bell spokesman Albert Lee saying they have received less than dozen calls from customers on that day. He also said "our IT security team continues to monitor situation and exchange information with other service providers without seeing any significant impact."

Lee said that around 1,000 Bell customers were expected to be affected by the shutdown of the temporary DNS servers by FBI.

Rogers Communications also said that they had some calls about DNS Changer virus on 9th July, 2012 but did not specify the numbers.

Besides Bell and Rogers, another ISP namely TekSavvy also confirmed that they did not see an increase in calls to its technical support department. The company has 160,000 customers in Ontario, B.C., Alberta and in the Maritimes thereby signifying that not many customers were infected by the DNS Changer virus.

FBI had warned Internet users eight months ago that many would not be able to surf, check mails or visit social networking sites during turning off its temporary server to fight online scams.

FBI announced that it had received few reports of computers forced to go off line by the afternoon of 9th July, 2012.

The Internet outage exposed approximately 211,000 computers in U.S., Canada and across Europe.

Moreover, in addition to FBI, Facebook, Google, ISPs and security firms had been scrambling to warn users about the problem and guide them to fixes. A DNS Changer working group has been monitoring and educating people about the malware through a website http://www.dcwg.org.

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