U.S. Commerce Department Infected with Malware


The U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA) recently disabled its Web site and e-mail access in response to a malware infection.

"Commerce spokeswoman Jennifer Friedman confirmed in an interview Friday that the department isolated the network and systems by disconnecting them out of caution on Jan. 24 after a virus attack," writes InformationWeek's Elizabeth Montalbano. "The attack is still under investigation by the department's IT team, the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT), and an outside team of experts."

"The virus initially was discovered Jan. 20, after which EDA IT staff issued McAfee system updates to all EDA staff computers over the next several days," Montalbano writes. "However, the EDA discovered additional virus contamination, which led to the disconnection of the systems."

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