School officials on Monday confirmed that the Robstown Independent School District's computer network recently fell victim to a Trojan horse virus.
Technology coordinator Orlando Garza said the district's computer network was struck Aug. 9 after an infected executable file was opened at one of the district's elementary schools. The result was the release of the virus into the network that infected numerous computers across the district.
The virus would replicate and then store itself on various areas of the machines, leaving many students and faculty without access to the Internet, Garza said. There is no evidence the virus was designed to steal personal information off of the computers it infected, he added.
The district had been in contact with two different companies to determine the cause or origin of the virus, but both were unsuccessful, Garza said. The reason the issue has taken so long to fix, nearly three weeks, is because the virus was unfamiliar to any of the professionals who came out to visit the campuses, he added.
"We couldn't find anyone who knew what it was," Garza said.
However, the technology department has since installed new anti-virus software that seems to be repairing many of the infected units.
"We're seeing those infected computers being cleaned up now," Garza said.
The district's wireless network was shut off for about a week and a half, for precautionary purposes, and even the Board of Trustees were unable to use their newly purchased laptops at recent meetings in order to avoid possible infection.
As of Monday, the district's wireless network was back up and running, with email and Internet access to follow later this week, Garza said.