The New York City Police Department’s fingerprint database was hit with ransomware in October 2018, a local newspaper learned.
The attack was brought in by a third-party vendor who was installing video equipment at the NYPD’s police academy when it connected its infected computer to the police network, according to the New York Post.
The initial infection hit 23 police computers linked to the LiveScan fingerprint tracking system, but Deputy Commissioner for Information Technology Jessica Tisch told The Post the ransomware “never executed” but the fingerprint system was shut down for several hours and the city reinstalled the software on about 200 computers to ensure they were safe.
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