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University computers in Utah struck by computer virus

The notorious Conficker worm struck some 700 campus computers at the University of Utah, including those at the school’s three hospitals last week. The outbreak was first detected Thursday and by Friday had spread throughout the Salt Lake City school. While no patient data was affected, a university spokesperson said that log-in and password data, credit card numbers and banking information may have been at risk among the affected personal computers.

Internet access at some campus locations was shut down Friday for up to six hours so the virus could be isolated. University officials were expected to work through the weekend to eradicate it from the system. Directions for purging the virus from personal computers and equipment like thumb drives, digital cameras and smart phones has been distributed to staff and students.

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