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Virus Attack Hampers the Email System of Ulster Town


A computer virus attack at the Ulster town has led to shut down of entire email system of the town. It has been decided that the email system will remain down, till it is determined that the computer virus that has entered is been eliminated completely.


James Quigley, the Supervisor, said that the hacker, who is supposedly from Mexico, hacked Ulster town system. He further confirmed that the entire system of the town was affected due to the virus attack. On the hacking, Quigley added that, "it has accessed the contact lists in several users' Outlook programs, and it has been spamming those user email addresses, and they've been trying to pick other data off our network and transfer it out".


James Quigley said that they began experiencing the problems in the system from 19 September 2018, and it was presumed that the problem has already been resolved in the last week of September. Quigley further added that the data was safe as the antivirus software stopped the virus to encroach on personal data, but the virus keeps on recurring.


Quigley said that, "it was a constant reinfection, and the virus software was constantly popping up on everybody's system ... to the point where nobody could get any work done because the performance of the individual computer was degrading".


Ulster town's computer systems are believed to be protected by the Symantec Corporate Edition software. Quigley said, they thought that the problem has been resolved and the system have already been free of virus after scrubbing and rescrubbing of each machines, and then again scrubbed for the third time, with various antivirus software. He said that, "we thought it had been eradicated, and then someone went and opened an email Monday morning ... and that started the whole thing over again".

Quigley has appealed to everyone that if anybody receives any email from the Ulster town, he/she should not open its attachments.


Currently, Quigley does not able to give an estimate as by when the problem will get resolved. He said, "right now, my focus is on trying to get the system stable so that we can work".

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