Virus Attacks Dallas Computer System, Slowing Some Services

A computer virus slowed or shut down services in multiple departments across the City of Dallas on Monday.The virus impacted several city services, including the Computer Aided Dispatch system, and slowed computing abilities and limited access to certain systems. The city's ability to receive and dispatch 911 calls was not affected, and the Computer Aided Dispatch service was restored by 5:30 p.m., the city said in a new release sent Monday evening.The library computer system would not allow patrons to check out books and materials electronically or use other online library services Monday. There were reports that library staff was hand-writing information so people could check out books in person.An email to city employees, obtained by The Dallas Morning News, noted that Monday afternoon's municipal court docket was cleared because of system outages. People who had scheduled court appearances for Monday afternoon would be rescheduled, the email said.The city's website was down periodically Monday.The city expects all systems to be fully restored by 6 a.m. Tuesday. The city's Computer Information Services department doesn't believe any customer data was breached, and it will continue to assess the impact of the virus.  Continue reading...

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