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Beatrice City came to a Halt with a Virus Attack

 

The city of Beatrice in southeast Nebraska experienced a major breakdown due to a virus attack, as many operations came to a halt. The officials are already working to restore the phone and the internet services that were stopped by the hackers work. Many operations of local government in Beatrice city was shut down by the computer virus attack, which included internet services and phone services belonging to various departments of the city.

 

The Administrator of Beatrice city, Tobias Tempelmeyer, commented on the attack that, the city got hacked on September 17, 2018, (i.e. on Monday) morning. As per the City's administrator, they think that a virus got installed on to the computers at around 3.30 a.m., and the virus might have entered from remote desktop connection. Tempelmeyer added that "we are working to undo the virus so we can get things back up and get back to work".

Tempelmeyer further said on September 18, 2018, that there was no phone as well as no internet services in the city departments of downtown area, which includes the City auditorium - from where the Beatrice City's Fire and Rescue operates, City Hall, and Beatrice Police Department. However, the departments which were outside the downtown remained unaffected by the outage.

 

The City Administrator also said that due to this disruption, the police and the rescue operations team have to made their reports with pen and paper (i.e. by hand), in place of submitting the report online.

 

The virus, however, could not affect the 911 dispatch services as it used a separate network for its operations.

 

In case anybody is in need of the emergency services, like fire, police, or ambulance, in the Beatrice City, City of Crete and Gage County, one should use the number 9-1-1, temporarily. This arrangement has been made as the computer and phone services are temporarily down due to the virus attack in the Beatrice City Government, which also includes Southeast Communication Center.

 

The IT personnel of Beatrice city are working to resolve the problem as early as possible. Tempelmeyer is hopeful that the virus will be removed soon.

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