DC Police Department Becomes Latest Law Enforcement Arm Struck by Ransomware Attack
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The Washington DC police department became the third law enforcement agency in six weeks to be hit by a ransomware attack. The Babuk ransomware gang claims it downloaded 250 gigabytes of data from the department and threaten to release it unless their ransom demands are met.
They also threaten to release information about police informants to criminal gangs and continue attacking “the state sector,” including the F.B.I. and the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. In Presque Isle, Maine, the police department was hit earlier this month by a separate ransomware group that leaked their data online. In March, the police in Azusa, Calif., outside Los Angeles, were also hit. (Julian E. Barnes, Nicole Perlroth / New York Times)
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