Greater Manchester Police has been reportedly cut-off from the UK’s Police National Computer system, after an outbreak of the notorious Conficker worm.
As a result, the police force has been unable to carry out checks on criminals and suspect vehicles since the virus entered its computer network on Friday.
Officers have been warned against using unauthorised USB flash drives – a common method for the Conficker worm to enter an organisation.
According to Dave Thompson, Assistant Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, the public has not received any difference in the level of service they have received as a result of the virus infection.
“The virus is not destructive and no data has been lost but due to the speed it has spread we have temporarily cut off our access to the Police National Computer and other Criminal Justice systems to prevent further…
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