Following an international malware scam, over 300,000 computers, 85,000 of which are in the United States, may lose internet access when the FBI shuts down the corrupted servers of a hacker organization, according to reports.

The scam has been making headlines in tech publications since last November when a two year FBI investigation led to the arrest of six Estonian nationals.

CNN reports that the individuals, who stood accused of fraud, had planted a piece of malware called DNS Changer onto hundreds of thousands of computers across the globe that made the devices vulnerable to viruses. Anyone who didn't seek immediate spyware removal was then redirected to hackers' server, where the cybercriminals could plant fake online advertising. As a result, the criminal enterprise made roughly $14 million.

In an official statement made after the arrest, an FBI agent explained that the hackers "were organized and operating as a traditional business but profiting illegally as the result of the malware," and that the FBI had never tackled a hacker case that was so complex.

The FBI will be shutting down the scammers' servers on July 9, so anyone who is still connected to the network will lose web access. In order to lessen the blow, the FBI has set up replacement servers in order to transition users away from the hacker network. They have also set up a website where users can check to see if they've been infected.

Malware can infect your device in a number of way, so take extra precautions by verifying personal and professional email addresses before clicking any links or opening attachments. If you live in Maryland, Virginia or Washington, D.C and suspect that your computer has been hacked, call a Geeks On-site spyware removal technician immediately.