Over the weekend, thousands of Russian tourists were trapped on the Chinese side of the border after a computer virus crashed the electronic border control system. On Sunday, customs officials at the checkpoint in Heihe, China, reported that a virus had shut down the computer systems used by border control officials, RIA Novosti reports.
The virus was eventually cleaned and normal operations at the checkpoint were resumed on Monday. The shut down forced stranded around 2,000 Russian tourists, many of whom were forced to rent hotel rooms for the night.
“According to the Chinese officials, at the customs office in Heihe, a computer virus caused computer systems to shut down on Sunday. Because of this, border crossing was closed until Monday morning,” a transportation company spokesman said.
It is presently unclear if any Chinese were affected by the disruption.
Heihe, in north east China, is part of a free trade zone with the Russian town of Blagoveshchensk. Local travelers are able to go between both cities without having to meet the typical visa requirements.