BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The technology the Massachusetts RMV uses to approve new vehicle inspection stickers will be disabled through the weekend, after a malware attack was detected and stopped on Tuesday.
According to Applus Technologies -- the company behind the inspection system-- the malware attack temporarily interrupted the process of conducting vehicle inspections because officials were forced to shut down the entire system on Wednesday to address the issue.
"We truly understand the inconvenience this has caused our agency customers, inspection stations, inspectors and motorists," said Applus Technologies CEO Darrin Greene. "We take very seriously our responsibility to provide the highest quality, most reliable vehicle inspection and emissions testing services to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and pledge to have service restored as quickly as possible."
The company predicts that the technology will be back up and running next week at the earliest. They say they want to make sure they have "resolved all issues" before allowing sticker inspections to resume.
Police in the state are now being asked to cut residents more slack and not give them any fines or tickets if they are driving with expired stickers.
Written by Rachel Armany
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