Several state agencies targeted by malware threat

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Some technical issues experienced by a few state agencies on Friday have been attributed to malware, according to Department of Administration public information officer Brena McCabe.

She confirmed to Eyewitness News, agencies affected are the Department of Children, Youth and Families, Department of Human Services, and the Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospitals.

We’re told, Rhode Island State Police, Rhode Island National Guard and Emergency Management Agency worked together over the weekend to isolate and contain the threat.

At this time, there’s no evidence that any personal data has been breached, and first of the month payments for benefits have not been affected.

The departments will all be open on Monday. 

Minimal service disruptions are expected, but customers are being asked to remain patient in the case that there are longer lines than anticipated.

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