B.C. Liberal government e-mail servers disabled

Province hit by a computer virus caused by malicious file attachment

Bette-Jo Hughes, Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services chief information officer, made the following statement about on e-mail malware:

“This morning [Dec. 18] a computer virus caused by a malicious file attachment has infected the government’s e-mail servers. As soon as we became aware of the issue, we took immediate steps to mitigate the exposure to the government network and protect against the loss of information.

“Government takes this matter very seriously. As a precaution, we have temporarily disabled our e-mail servers while we work with our vendors to resolve the issue.

“Protection of our data and networks is a top priority and we are working with our vendors to remove and secure the e-mail system as quickly as possible.”

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