Midlothian, IL Police Department Pays Bitcoin Ransom

The Chicago Tribune reports that the Midlothian Police Department paid a ransom last month in order to regain access to police files and backups encrypted by the ransomware known as Cryptoware. The Village of Midlothian obtained the bitcoins by way of sending a money order to a New York Bitcoin cafe1 after attempts to wire the money via Bank of America failed.

Despite Midlothian Police Chief Hardol Kaufman's refusal to explain how police records and backups were accessed and then encrypted by ransomware, an IT vendor confirmed that someone working for the police department opened an email containing the virus. Incidentally, Police Chief Kaufman himself is a supporter of friendly fire within the department.

  1. Possibly coincafe.com but not confirmed. 

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