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Hayward dispatchers and public safety personnel are having to track calls using pen and paper
A ransomware attack on the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department computers caused a shutdown in email, in-car cameras and a database for background checks
City officials said the police website was affected as well as computer-assisted-dispatching that the fire department uses
The breach has disabled patrol vehicle laptops, forcing officers to write down details of calls they receive from dispatch
The hackers posted over 120K files from BART’s PD, including the names of child abuse victims, driver’s license numbers and mental health info
Dispatchers have resorted to using pen and paper, while officers must use encrypted radio while on patrol
“We’ve impounded more than 500 cars year to date, we’ve made more than 500 arrests, 2,500 citations,” Chief Michel Moore said
Police leaders can safely and securely share information about cybersecurity threats and cyberattacks with their counterparts in the public safety community
The website directed visitors to a message that called on them to ask the mayor to restore it
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“We know that interference with 911 systems by disabling their phone trunk lines and their radio systems is a prime target of Russian state-sponsored actors.”
Marc Coopwood, a 27-year law enforcement veteran, is committed to keeping the public sector safe, stable and secure in a different way than he did as an assistant chief of police
Taigman calls on departments to immediately alert IT staff to check the integrity of their data, software and networks
For the first time in five years, external threats are a bigger concern than internal threats, a report says
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Organizations and citizens have a “shared responsibility” to defend their data, computer hardware and software systems from ransomware attacks
Payments could encourage additional attacks and victims still may not automatically get back their data, said FBI Director Christopher Wray
John Miller, NYPD’s deputy commissioner for intelligence and counterterrorism, said the good news was that the system for detecting hackers worked
This wasn’t the first time hackers infiltrated the agency’s computer systems; hackers seized control of the police dispatch system and other data in 2018
Officials said they quickly shut down the attack after receiving an FBI alert