Latvian bank joins list of Baltic computer virus casualties

Tuesday, 26 August 2003, 12:07 AM EST

One of Latvia's biggest banks was forced to shut down cash machines and other electronic operations as the Sobig.F computer virus, which has been wreaking havoc around the world in the past week, continued to make its presence felt in the three Baltic countries.

"As the virus is relatively new a decision was made Monday morning to cut off Internet banking and telephone banking as well as bank card management system and ATM network operation for a while," said a spokesman for Latvijas Unibanka.

The bank, controlled by the SEB group, said it was making changes to its payments systems and hoped to re-open all services in the near future.

Valdis Skeseters of the anti-virus firm Kasperky Lab in Riga said the virus currently infecting many of the country's companies did appear to be Sobig.F.

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