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UK Ministry of Defence Stung by Rapidly Spreading Virus




UK Ministry of Defence Stung by Rapidly Spreading Virus
UK Ministry of Defence Stung by Rapidly Spreading Virus



http://www.pcworld.com/article/157829/uk_ministry_of_defence_stung_by_rapidly_spreading_virus.html 

By Jeremy Kirk
IDG News Service
Jan 16, 2009 

The U.K. Ministry of Defence is in the midst of an electronic fight with 
a computer virus that rapidly spread through its computer networks 
starting Jan. 6.

The virus infected computers throughout the military, including those 
used by the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy, and is one of the most 
severe attacks the organization has ever faced, according to a Ministry 
of Defence spokeswoman.

"Obviously with a computer system of our size we are fighting off 
viruses daily, but not of this scale," the spokeswoman said. "I don't 
think we've ever had an instance like this before."

The virus has affected e-mail systems and Internet access but has not 
jeopardized war-fighting systems, she said. Due to pre-existing security 
systems, no classified or personal data was compromised, the Ministry 
said.

Just 27 percent of the Ministry's computers meet current data security 
standards for holding classified information and personal data, it said 
earlier this week. About 31 percent of systems meet some standards, 
while the rest are being evaluated.

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