McAfee update derails Kentucky police and a lot of XP machines

Summary:Police officers in Lexington, KY had to go old school with handwritten reports, phones and radios as a computer glitch shut down systems.

Police officers in Lexington, KY had to go old school with handwritten reports, phones and radios as a computer glitch shut down systems.

According to Kentucky.com, Kentucky state police shut down computer systems including terminals in officers' cars as IT staff worked to fix the problem. Apparently, a security update from McAfee corrupted the systems. The glitch happened about 1:30 p.m. EDT.

Police said they could still respond to complaints even though they were IT free.

School districts across the state were also having troubles. All public school districts use the same network.

Update: This outage is just the tip of the McAfee iceberg. Reports are flying about McAfee causing outages for XP machines. Ed Bott is following. Here's the support page for workarounds. Microsoft also tweeted about the issue.

Topics: Hardware, CXO

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