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Schenectady Co. computers hit with malware

Schenectady Co. computers hit with malware

County website will be down for up to a week
Schenectady Co. computers hit with malware
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SCHENECTADY COUNTY – Schenectady County will shut down its website and some other internal computer systems while it investigates a malware attack, county officials said Thursday.

Systems that were not affected by the attack are still operating. They include the 911 central dispatching center, the Glendale Nursing Home, Board of Elections, Public Health Senior and Long-Term Care, Department of Social Services and the county library system, said County Attorney Christopher Gardner.

Gardner said county employees first noticed something wrong on Wednesday.

"The systems kept showing some things were happening that were unusual, so an investigation was done," he said. "We had computer people working all night on it."

To cleanse the network, the impacted systems are being shut down; repairs are expected to take about a week, Gardner said. Systems will be brought back online as they are cleared.

People who need county assistance and would normally send an email to request that assistance should call instead, he said.

At this point, Gardner said there is no evidence of a data breach or data loss as a result of the computer virus.

He said the county has reported the incident to law enforcement and is working closely with the state and federal governments and cybersecurity professionals to investigate the source of the virus and remove it from the system.

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