D.C. Officials: Hackers Targeted City Police Cameras Days Before Inauguration

hackingD.C. officials are claiming that the city’s police cameras were targeted by hackers days before the inauguration.

The Washington Post has details about this disclosure and what the scope of the hack supposedly was:

City officials said ransomware left police cameras unable to record between Jan. 12 and Jan. 15. The cyberattack affected 123 of 187 network video recorders in a closed-circuit TV system for public spaces across the city, the officials said late Friday…

On Jan. 12 D.C. police noticed four camera sites were not functioning properly and told OCTO. The technology office found two forms of ransomware in the four recording devices and launched a citywide sweep of the network where they found more infected sites, said [CTO chief Archana] Vemulapalli.

However, city officials are also saying that they don’t believe the hack affected other networks, and that there was “no significant impact” to this. Vemulapalli said no ransom was paid by the city.

The affected devices were taken offline and the investigation into the hack is ongoing.

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