[ISN] Computer worm slows federal court system

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Date: Fri Nov 09 2001 - 00:51:07 PST

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    Associated Press 
    November 8, 2001 
    Federal courts in South Florida reverted to a paper to track thousands
    of cases Wednesday following an assault by an updated version of the
    Nimda computer worm.
    The federal courts' national system came under attack on Halloween but
    was repaired over the weekend. The Miami-based court system operates
    on a separate network and crashed.
    Service slowed down on the national network, but it kept running, and
    court files were never in jeopardy, said Karen Redmond, spokeswoman
    for the Administrative Office for U.S. Courts.
    ``It's kind of nice not having computers,'' said one Miami court
    employee. Another said, ``I am doing everything from scratch.''
    Computers used by South Florida judges, court employees and probation
    officers were being repaired, but workers were told they might have to
    track their work on paper through Friday.
    U.S. District Judge Patricia Seitz suggested Tuesday that attorneys in
    an anthrax-related lawsuit by postal workers should hand her their
    legal filings on diskettes so she can work around the computer bug.
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