New York: An IT company serving the New York Police Department (NYPD) disabled the high-tech database for several hours using an infected mini-computer.
According to the New York Post, on October 5 last year, during the installation of a digital display at the police academy in the Queens district of New York, IT employees connected an infected NUC computer to its network. As a result, unknown malware installed on it spread to 23 computers connected to the LiveScan fingerprint system.
The incident was discovered by NYPD staff within a few hours. Having identified a potential threat to the security of the management databases, they immediately notified the cyber command and the operational anti-terrorist group of what had happened.
The analysis revealed that the malicious sample was ransomware. Although it was in an inactive mode, as a precaution, the management turned off the fingerprint system.
According to representatives of NYPD, the incident affected 0.1% of the total number of computers in control. The systems were restored the next morning. Employees of a negligent IT company testified, but no criminal case was opened.