Texas DPS computers hit by “Conficker” worm

April 18th, 2009 - 12:01 pm ICT by admin  

Austin, TEXAS (BNO NEWS) – The Texas Department of Public Safety was hit by a variant of the “Conficker” worm on Friday, officials told BNO News.

The state’s Department of Information Resources has sent a message to all state agencies that connect to the DPS computer network through the TLE domain, urging that they disconnect from the network to keep the virus from spreading.

“We are responding to the threat with all available resources,” a spokeswoman told BNO News. “This disconnect does not affect the Texas law enforcement [and] telecommunications network, which is the computer network used by law enforcement agencies to run warrants and run license plates checks,” she added.

It was not immediately clear how many computers were infected but most of them appeared to be computers used by employees in offices. “We are having e-mail outages and connection with the Internet has been sporadic so we are slowly going through each of those computers to make sure they are not affected,” the spokesman said.

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