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Scottish Police Department Hit with Cyber Attack

A Scottish police department was forced Monday to shut down its website after officials feared Chinese hackers had attacked the force, Herald Scotland reports.

The IT team at Strathclyde Police in Glasgow took down the website after discovering how a number of web links appeared that diverted users to a Chinese site with a history of spreading viruses. The IT team ruled out a virus as its cause, and said anyone who logged into the system Monday would not have compromised their computer.

The purpose of the attack, in which hackers inserted a malicious code onto the homepage and several other key pages, remains unknown. Those using Internet Explorer were directed to robint.us, a Chinese-registered site, which Symantec identified as posing a high-severity risk to users after it was behind a previous virus attack that targeted previous versions of IE.

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