NYPD pulls fingerprint database offline due to ransomware scare
The New York Police Department (NYPD) pulled its LiveScan fingerprint tracking system offline after a ransomware virus spread to 23 machines connected to the database.
The incident began on October 5, when a contractor installing a digital display at a Queens police academy plugged in an infected NUC mini-PC, the New York Post reports. The minicomputer spread an unidentified virus to 23 machines connected to the LiveScan system. Within hours, police detected the breach. NYPD cyber command and Joint Terrorism Task Force were alerted.
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