Computer virus strikes US Marshals, FBI affected

May 21, 2009 3:20:17 PM PDT
Officials say the FBI and the U.S. Marshals Service computers were partially shut down after a computer virus struck. Officials say a virus was the problem at the Marshals Service; an FBI spokesman said only that the FBI was one of several agencies facing similar issues and had taken protective measures.

Technical staff disconnected the Marshals system from the Justice Department's computer system as a precaution.

Marshals spokesman Nikki Credic said at no time was data compromised by the virus.

She said the agency had temporarily shut down their Internet access and some e-mail while the problem is addressed.

The type of virus and its origin haven't yet been determined.

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