Friday, May 22, 2009

Malware Knocks Out U.S. Marshals Service Network

John Fontana and Carolyn Duffy Marsan write on NetworkWorld:

Malware Wednesday crippled Windows-based computer systems at the U.S. Marshals Service, which hunts federal fugitives and operates the country's witness protection program, knocking the agency’s network offline.

The agency's press office confirmed it was having network problems and that its e-mail system was down this morning, but it was unclear if the outage extended across the entire network.

The press office said a statement would be issued today, but has yet to be released.

Per government regulations agencies are required to report security incidents to the US-Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT). A call to CERT was not returned by press time.

More here.


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