The North Miami Beach Police Department was recently affected by a ransomware attack in which the files on the police computer networks were encrypted.
The department immediately shut down the affected computers and alerted the FBI, the U.S. Secret Service, and the Miami-Dade Police Department to investigate the issue. However, the police officials confirmed that there was no interruption in public safety services after the attack.
The officials stated that attackers demanded millions of dollars in ransom to restore access to their network systems. Any details about the identity of the attackers and what information was compromised in the incident was not revealed.
The City of North Miami Beach stated that they are working with the federal partners, the county police department and a third-party forensic investigator, to find out the objectives of the attack and how to address it.
They have taken this attack seriously, and is determined to take all necessary measures to protect itself and its citizens from the attackers. No further details are available at the moment.
Several cities in the U.S. have also fallen victim to ransomware attacks over the past couple of years and suffered huge data and money losses in ransom demands.