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Internet Attacks Hit U.S. Attorneys' Offices

Justice Department officials said yesterday that a worm or virus has dramatically slowed 15,000 computers at 300 U.S. attorneys’ offices around the country since Friday evening. Many of the computers remained sluggish yesterday afternoon as Justice’s technology staff continued efforts to get the offices back online. The bugs affected 40 percent of the federal prosecutors’ desk and laptop computers around the country, said Justice spokesman Mark Corallo. “No security was compromised, and it had no effect on evidence,” he said. “It just slowed the network down.” Government computer-security officials spotted the problem about 7 p.m. Friday and then realized it had started slowing communications about two hours earlier. All of the Washington area federal prosecutors’ offices were back to normal late yesterday, while most office networks elsewhere remained slow-moving, officials said. Full Story

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