- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 10, 2014

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) - The police department computer system in Durham, New Hampshire, is back to normal after a virus infected it last week.

Chief David Kurz tells Foster’s Daily Democrat (http://bit.ly/1pfdAhn) an officer was waiting for a fax Friday when she saw an email that had the word “fax” in it. She clicked on the link, and that opened the virus, known as Cryptowall.

The “ransomware” virus encrypted files on the department’s computers and demanded a ransom in order to eliminate it.

Kurz said it took most of Friday to clean out 20 computers.


Luke Vincent, Durham’s manager of Information Technology, said the virus had bypassed the town’s spam filters and anti-virus software.

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Information from: Foster’s Daily Democrat, http://www.fosters.com