Washington DC 123 from 187 CCTV devices were infected with ransomware

City officials and the Secret Service confirmed that police surveillance cameras (CCTV) in Washington DC were targeted by hackers. Reportedly, 70 percent of devices s CCTVs were infected with ransomware.CCTV

According to the Washington Post:

City officials said police cameras were infected with ransomware between Jan. 12 and Jan. 15. The cyberattack affected 123 of the 187 video recorders on the network, a closed circuit television for public spaces throughout the city.

The secret service representative, Brian Ebert, said the public's safety was not compromised.

Archana Vemulapalli, Chief Technology Officer of the city, said they did not pay a ransom and that they are planning to solve the problem by unplugging offline devices. Then you have to remove the infected operating system by resetting it to each camera.

Vemulapalli stated that the is ongoing and that no other computer networks in the city are believed to have been breached.

The fact that hackers used ransomware to pollute city CCTV shows that their goal was money and not access to the security system. The ransomware as you know usually locks the infected system, making it useless until the ransom is paid by the victim.

Officials report that so far two different forms of ransomware have been discovered.

The police department insists that "there was no significant impact" from the infection but for now there are limited details about the incident. They claim that the hack will not affect any criminal investigations.

Let us also mention that the investigations at the moment have not led to a suspect.

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