Malware strikes VSP email network, forces shutdown

Published: Apr. 27, 2017 at 12:09 AM EDT|Updated: Apr. 27, 2017 at 2:21 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Virginia State Police say their email network will be shut down Wednesday evening while they work to eradicate malware that has affected their system.

According to police, they will be unavailable to the public by email from 8 p.m. Wednesday to about noon Thursday. They will still be available by phone. The main number for the Administrative Headquarters is 804-674-2000. Division and Area Office contact numbers are listed here.

Police will also provide updates through Twitter and Facebook.

"We recognize the vital role email plays in regards to communicating with State Police, and appreciate the public's patience and understanding as we diligently work to resolve this matter," said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. "While during this period we are required to communicate with the public through alternative means, our level of service should not otherwise be affected."

Police say all State Police Headquarters and Area Offices will remain open during normal business hours.

No other agencies were affected, according to the Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA).

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