North Miami Beach Police hit by Ransomware

On 7th February 2020 the North Miami Beach Police Department determined that it was impacted by ransomware. The Department immediately contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Secret Service, and the Miami-Dade Police Department, and an investigationis ongoing.

There has been no interruption in public safety services in the City of North Miami Beach.

At this time, it appears that no other department or city service has been affected. The ransomware was discovered by information technology personnel within the Police Department, who immediately took appropriate steps to shut down computer systems and draw on the expertise of the FBI and Secret Service.

They continue to work closely with these federal partners, as well as the county police department and a third-party forensic investigator, to determine the extent and objectives of the attack and how best to address it.

The City of North Miami Beach’s investigation will include an analysis to determine whether any resident’s, employee’s, or vendor’s personal information may have been subject to unauthorized access or acquisition.

A source told NBC 6 the attackers demanded $5 million from the department to get the information back online.

At the time of publication no exact details have been released regarding which Ransomware this is.

Jason Davies

UK based technology professional, with an interest in computer security and telecoms.

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