Virus strikes state computer system


HELENA - The Montana state computer system ground to a halt Tuesday when it came under attack from a virus, one week after escaping unscathed when a similar virus-like worm hit computers around the world.

Many state services, such as license renewals at the Motor Vehicle Division, were unavailable Tuesday and many state workers were unable to get into some of the state's main computing systems.

The so-called ''nachio'' virus is knockoff of the ''lovesan'' virus that affected computers around the world last week, said Mike Boyer, chief of Computing Technology Services for the state.

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