Government departments in New Zealand and Bulgaria hit by viruses

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

According to media reports, government ministries in New Zealand and Bulgaria have been hit by computer virus infections, shutting down computer systems and disrupting work.

According to minister Mihail Mikov, Bulgaria’s Interior Ministry was struck – with traffic police and staff involved in issuing identity documents most greatly impacted. Computers are said to now be being checked one-by-one.

Meanwhile, New Zealand’s Ministry of Heath is said to have been suffering from a malware infection for nearly a week, forcing it to shut down its email system for some time.

Details of both outbreaks are somewhat sketchy, but a timely reminder that all organisations – big and small – should ensure that they have strong…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.