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Ransom-style computer virus strikes Durham Police Department
The DECRYPT INSTRUCTION files were spotted on the Durham police department computer before a virus overtook the department's computer system. (COURTESY)
“My understanding is that all computers at the police department are inoperable until we are able to isolate the virus,” Town Administrator Todd Selig said Friday afternoon.
Strafford County Dispatch, which provides dispatching services for Durham, was notified of the infection because the two agencies share a cross connection of software, Selig said.
By late Friday afternoon, workers had isolated the virus. Selig said five or six workers were running scrubbing software on the department’s computers and expected to have them up and running by Friday night.
The virus quickly overtook the department’s computer system within hours. Widespread issues were reported within the department’s computer system on Friday morning.
Selig said another document, which usually demands a ransom of between $5,000 to $10,000 to unlock infected files was not opened.
Vincent took the entire police department’s computer system offline to disinfect and segregate it from the town’s other servers, according to Selig.
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