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City of Savannah attacked by computer virus

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The City of Savannah is recovering from a malware attack, likely caused by an e-mail phishing scheme, according to a news release.

The virus was discovered Friday afternoon and, since then, the City’s Department of Information Technology (DoIT) has been working around the clock to contain and remediate the malware infection.

It appears that the virus has not compromised any City data or damaged City systems, according to the release.

"The malware attack has not impacted public safety or affected the 911 Center’s ability to receive and dispatch 911 calls. The City’s Lawson software system which is used for the City’s finance, purchasing and payroll units was temporarily suspended Monday as another precautionary measure. That system was given an all clear today and was brought back online," the city said in a release issued Tuesday.

There has been some interruption to customer service in Recorder’s Court and Revenue as further precautions are taken to protect these systems, but DoIT staff is working to minimize these interruptions.

DoIT staff along with the City’s vendor partner Layer 3 Communications, which provides network services and security monitoring, are still working to identify the cause of the malware. They will be examining every individual computer to eliminate the virus.

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