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May 22nd, 2009

US Marshalls And FBI Networks Hit By Virus

The FBI and the US Marshals had to partially shut down their networks yesterday after they were hit by a computer virus.

According to the AP, the agencies’ computer problems began Thursday morning, while the FBI began experiencing similar problems earlier. It was decided to save the main US Justice department network from potential infection by disconnecting the US Marshall’s systems.

Various sources say that the virus might be the Neeris worm and that the problem has likely been caused by the US Marshals Service running backlevel antivirus software, Trend Micro’s OfficeScan version 5.0, and not applying patches to its computers.

Trend Micro says protection against the Neeris malware has been in OfficeScan ever since version 8. The current version is 10, but for some reason the US Marshals have not upgraded the software.

It was not as if they were short of a few dollars more. The silly federal coppers had paid for the upgrades, but simply had not installed them.

Credit: The Inquirer

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