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Kingston companies hit by computer viruses

Published:Thursday | December 24, 2015 | 12:29 AM
According to Microsoft, ransomware stops persons from using their computers and demands that some activity be done to re-gain access.

Two Kingston-based companies providing services to the Government have reportedly been hit by a computer virus, called ransomware and the police are warning users to be careful.

According to Microsoft, ransomware stops persons from using their computers and demands that some activity be done to re-gain access. 

The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre has obtained a copy of a memo on the issue sent by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) to its members 

The JCF did not name the companies affected by the virus but said the problem has caused them to lose all their data stretching back to November last year when the systems were last backed up. 

The force says the affected companies do business with government ministries, departments and agencies.

It says the virus comes in an email that reads "Hey here's the bill for that work we did for your firm the other day". 

The JCF is urging its members to save the data on their systems on a regular basis.