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Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority Server Ruined by a Computer Virus


The computer system of Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority (OBPA) was infiltrated by a virus just at a mouse click to an unknown email attachment. The computer virus ruined the agency's server along with shutting down organization's major financial functions.


James Smith, the Chief Financial Officer, in an OBPA meeting on August 7, 2018, said that the virus created havoc within the public authority as soon as the mail containing the infected attachment was clicked. As per the internal investigation, the virus seeped through OBPA system when one of the unnamed staff members clicked on the email attachment that was infected. When the email attachment was opened, the virus got spread through rapidly within the information technology system of the organization.


"We were penetrated by a virus that brought our main server down for the count," said Mr. James Smith. He also added that it took away the access to their accounting systems, billings along with check writing, receivables, payables, etc.


Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority's board of directors were informed by Mr. Smith that server of the agency remained offline for around three weeks, and the progress for repairing the damages was slow. Although, he further added that a few of the problems were rectified in the last few days. However, he expects that the new server of OBPA will soon be online.


As per the officials, the cost of repairing the infected computer systems of Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority is twofold. The estimated cost to buy a new server for the organization is around $3,500. However, it is expected that the OBPA's information technology budget allotted for this year may get haywire due to prolonged time taken by the process of getting the systems recalibrate, repair and replace.


Wade A. Davis, Executive Director of Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority, said that the viral attack has taken place irrespective of the fact that systems are protected with multiple security features wherever required.


Mr. Davis said that "we had top level security in place, this was a human factor; somebody clicked on an email attachment and that's how it got in".

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