Ransomware hits Atlanta police dashcam footage

Latest news

    Atlanta City Council president Felicia MooreImage copyright Reuters
    Image caption Atlanta City Council president Felicia Moore said the attack hit about one-third of its systems

    Years of video evidence gathered by police has been lost thanks to a ransomware attack on Atlanta in the US.

    Most of the lost evidence involves dashcam recordings, said Atlanta police chief Erika Shields in a local newspaper interview.

    The footage was “lost and cannot be recovered”, said Ms Shields.

    About one-third of all software used by city agencies and departments is believed to have been affected by the attack, which took place in March.

    Recovery plan

    Details of the damage done to Atlanta’s computer infrastructure emerged during a public meeting held to debate how the city should spend its budget.

    The hearings revealed that the city has assigned an extra $9.5m (£7.1m) to finance its recovery efforts.

    At the meeting, officials from the city administration revealed that the attack was more severe than originally thought.

    More than 140 separate applications were totally or partially disabled by the attack, said Daphne Rackley who heads Atlanta’s IT department. About 30% of the affected programs were “mission critical” as they were used by either the police or its courts, she said.

    The municipal courts in Atlanta were shut for several weeks during the height of the attack and huge amounts of legal documents stretching back decades are believed to have been scrambled by the malware.

    Police chief Shields told the Atlanta Journal Constitution that despite losing the video recordings, no “crucial evidence” had been compromised.

    Dashcam footage was a “useful tool” said Ms Shields, but added that other evidence such as the testimony of an officer would “make or break” a case.

    Files on individual officers’ computers were also hit in the attack, although much of this data was backed up elsewhere, she said, so was not entirely lost.

    View the original article: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-44397482

    The hackers behind the infection, known as SamSam, encrypted key data and demanded $51,000 of bitcoins to unlock it. Atlanta said it had not paid the ransom.

    In the same category are

    World Cup 2018: England’s Marcus Rashford says VAR must improve 'You like wrestling?' Pundits analyse Harry Kane penalty appealsEngland striker Marcus Rashford says the use of video assistant referees must improve...
    World Cup 2018: Russia v Egypt – rate the players Follow live coverage of Russia v Egypt herehelpHow to playRate players out of 10 throughout or after the game. The rater will close 30 minutes after t...
    Ed Sheeran donates Lego head to local charity shop Image copyright PA / St Elizabeth Hospice Image caption Shape of You: Ed Sheeran and his Lego self Ed Sheeran has donated a life-sized Lego model ...
    Andy Murray loses to Nick Kyrgios on return to action at Queen’s Club 2018 Fever-Tree Championships on the BBCVenue: Queen's Club, London Dates: 18-24 JuneCoverage: Watch live on BBC Two, BBC iPlayer, BBC Red Button, Co...
    Bakewell pudding sent to the edge of space goes missing Image copyright S. Anselm’s School Image caption Photograph of the pudding at about 50,000ft above earth A Bakewell pudding which was launched to ...
    Grenfell bodycam footage shows firefighters’ first minutes Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBodycam footage shows the moment firefighters entered the flat where the Grenfell Tower fi...

    Leave a comment

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.