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US Marshals and FBI under attack by mystery virus

By Subhabrata Das     May 23, 2009 in Internet
A strange, mystery virus hit the law enforcement computers on Thursday, forcing both the FBI and US Marshals Service to shut down parts of their computer networks as precaution.
A spokesperson of US Marshals Service has reportedly confirmed that the agency had disconnected its computers from the Justice Department’s computers as a precautionary measure after being hit by a mystery computer virus.
The type and origin of the virus is still unknown.
FBI also reportedly accepted that they are facing similar virus attacks, the report added.
FBI spokesman Mike Kortan said: “We too are evaluating a network issue on our external, unclassified network that's affecting several government agencies.”
Both government agencies said that they shut down agencies’ access to the internet and e-mail while the issue was evaluated.
Both agencies have reportedly confirmed that the virus attack only affected the unclassified systems and the operations are proceeding as normal. They also have downplayed the possibility of any loss of sensitive data due to this breach.
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