Malware infects Arkansas state computers; data said secure

Claudia Lauer reports:

The Arkansas Department of Information Systems blocked all .zip files from the state’s email system after a malware attack was identified.

The department sent out notice over email and social media about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Department spokesman Janet Wilson said only a fraction of the more than 15,000 computers on the state’s computer network were affected.

“There were less than 50 machines that were actually infected,” she said. “We have multiple layers of defensive mechanisms. Some of them are malicious traffic filters and there are other measures as well. Those filters caught the malware attack. We ran a test on the computers in the network, and those 50 were identified quickly and taken off of the state network and replaced.”

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