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Ransomware Virus Detected On CT State Computers

The WannaCry ransomware virus.
The WannaCry ransomware virus. Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Several state agencies in Connecticut experienced a cyber attack over the weekend, according to the state’s Department of Administrative Services.

Late on Friday afternoon, the state’s security monitoring system cautioned security officials that a ransomware virus had been detected within the system. The virus was later identified as the WannaCry virus.

The WannaCry ransomware virus targets computers running Microsoft Windows OS by encrypting data and demanding payments in Bitcoin. It first appeared in America in May last year.

In total, 160 computers in a dozen different agencies were impacted by the virus. The names of the agencies were not released by officials. The machines were believed to be clear of the virus by Monday, with no state business affected.

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