Computer virus attacks Barrington Police Department system
An e-mail corrupted with a virus repeatedly attacked the computers inside the Barrington Police Department on Friday night and for most of the day on Saturday, said an official with the department.
The virus was apparently attached to an e-mail that was opened with one of the department computers on Friday.
According to the police official, the bug then launched approximately 3,000 attacks on the system. The department computers were able to fight off the attacks, which were directed at software.
An employee with the department who is well-versed with computers spent most of the day on Saturday — about 8 hours — working to repair the situation. As of Monday, some of the department computers were functioning, while others were completely off-line.
Details about the e-mail — its subject message, sender or address — were not available.