The Metropolitan Police Department confirmed Tuesday that its computer network has been hacked.
An MPD spokesperson said in an email Tuesday that the agency is “aware of unauthorized access on our server.”
“While we determine the full impact and continue to review activity, we have engaged the FBI to fully investigate this matter,” the spokesperson said. “There is no further information available to provide at this time.”
A malware group is threatening to share sensitive data stolen from the department’s network unless the agency pays an unspecified ransom, The Associated Press reported.
The ransomware syndicate Babuk posted screenshots of the stolen data on the dark web which appears to include information on informants and gang conflicts, the jail census and intelligence reports, according to the AP.
The group reportedly claims to have stolen more than 250 gigabytes of data that it will leak to criminal gangs “to drain the informants” if the police do not contact them within three days.
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