Computer virus hits secretary of state’s computers

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – Secretary of State Mary Herrera says her office has been the target of computer system attacks during the past four months, including a virus that places links to pornographic websites into a computer.

Herrera said Tuesday her laptop was among those infected with "malware" or malicious software that was disguised as antivirus software.

Herrera said her office is working with the state Department of Information Technology to safeguard computer equipment.

KOB-TV first reported the computer virus problems.

Herrera said the computer attacks did not jeopardize the state’s voter registration database or personal information about victims of domestic violence, who can have their mail delivered confidentially through a program administered by her office. The confidential information is maintained in paper files, she said.

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