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Computer virus affects Niagara County office building

NIAGARA FALLS – A sexually transmitted disease clinic scheduled for Thursday in the Trott Access Center, a Niagara County building in Niagara Falls, has been canceled because of a another kind of virus.

A ransomware virus called CryptoLocker invaded the computer system in county offices in the building at 1001 11th St. late Wednesday morning, Public Information Officer Christian W. Peck said.

The Department of Motor Vehicles office in the building was not affected, but other county agencies were, including Health, Mental Health, Probation, and Employment and Training. Peck said the computer virus “was quickly quarantined, and at no time was personal information stored on servers in jeopardy of being accessed.”

But the Health Department decided to cancel Thursday’s STD clinic, as some services in the building will be curtailed for about 24 hours, Peck said. The clinic will resume next Thursday.