FBI, U.S. Marshals reconnect after security problems

FBI, U.S. Marshals reconnect after security problems
FBI, U.S. Marshals reconnect after security problems

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By Ben Bain
May 26, 2009

Both agencies had taken some systems offline last week

The FBI=E2=80=99s external unclassified network is once again online after 
officials last week temporarily suspended its connection to the Internet 
because of =E2=80=9Can identified network security issue,=E2=80=9D according to the 
bureau. Meanwhile, the U.S. Marshals Service said its workstations that 
were affected last week by a virus should be fixed by May 28.

The Associated Press reported May 21 that the FBI and the U.S. Marshals 
-- both part of the Justice Department -- were forced to shut down part 
of their networks as a precaution after law enforcement computers were 
hit by a =E2=80=9Cmystery computer virus.=E2=80=9D

In a statement Tuesday, the FBI said the =E2=80=9Cissue, as it affects the FBI, 
was contained and addressed=E2=80=9D and that =E2=80=9Cexternal e-mail communications on 
the unclassified network have resumed.=E2=80=9D The bureau added that =E2=80=9Ccertain 
limitations on materials sent through the Internet may remain in place 
while our technicians work to complete the installation of security 

Meanwhile, Jeff Carter, a spokesman for U.S. Marshals confirmed a virus 
on the service's network, but he said it had infected only 140 out of 
the approximately 6,800 workstations throughout the service's districts 
and headquarters. "These machines have been removed from the system and 
their repair should be complete May 28," he said. "All other Marshals 
Service workstations have full internal and external system 


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