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NYPD Fingerprint Database Taken Offline to Thwart Ransomware

November 26, 2019

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The New York Police Department’s database of fingerprints was knocked offline over the weekend thanks to a ransomware scare, according to reports.

The malware was introduced to the network via a contractor who was installing a digital display, according to an article in the New York Post. To do the install, the person (the company has not been identified) plugged a NUC mini-PC into the network, which turned out to be infected with the malware. The installer was questioned but not charged with any crime – suggesting that the incident was inadvertent.

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