OLEAN, NY — The city has partially restored computer service after a virus attack forced staff to shut down systems to prevent the virus from gaining a larger foothold.

The city’s management information staff identified and disrupted the computer virus attack Friday morning before employees began the workday, according to the second press release on the virus attack that the city issued Friday. By noon, management information staff located the source of the breech and restored partial service, including e-mail and the on-line portals for water and sewer payments.

“I appreciate the hard work and diligence of our tech staff in isolating the breech and getting the essential services back on-line and apologize to our residents for any inconvenience caused the temporary lack of service,” Mayor William J. Aiello said in the second press release. “Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the city had to quickly adapt our computer system for our employees to work at home and apparently that made us vulnerable to an attack.”

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