Washington, D.C. police computers used by Romanians to operate ransomware

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Washington, D.C. police computers used by two Romanians to operate ransomware campaign

he U.S. Secret Service has filed a complaint against two Romanian nationals for allegedly compromising more than 100 Washington, D.C. police computers in order to spread ransomware.

Mihai Alexandru Isvanca and Eveline Cismaru were named in the complaint filed in U.S. District Court, District of Columbia, for allegedly taking control of 123 out of 187 Metropolitan Police computers, with the intention of using them to send malicious emails containing ransomware. The computers controlled the majority of the outdoor surveillance cameras used by the police in the city, according to the complaint.

The Secret Service says it learned of the hack on January 12, 2017, when the computers connected to individual cameras went offline.


Related: https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/01/dc-police-surveillance-cameras-were-infected-with-ransomware-before-inauguration/

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