DOVER — A virus that infected Strafford County computers last month has turned into a criminal investigation and moved a U.S. senator to demand more answers.

Officials with the county sheriff’s office confirmed the U.S. Secret Service is assisting in a criminal probe into the June 28 virus that forced the county’s information technology team to shut down its network.

County Administrator Ray Bower has said the county is about 95% recovered from this virus. Unlike a ransom malware, there were no demands for cash.

Officials said department staffers report they got “just about” all of the files restored on the estimated 500 computers affected.

On Monday, Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., will host a news conference at the county commissioner’s office in Dover to get a briefing on the attack and discuss her efforts to bolster cyber security across all levels of government. The U.S. House recently passed a bipartisan bill on cyber security prevention that Hassan co-sponsored.

The public is invited to an informational meeting on the incident Thursday at the Strafford County Courthouse.

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