Sheriff forced to pay $500 Bitcoin

‘Every sort of document that you could develop in an investigation was in that folder. There was a total of 72,000 files,’ Detective Jeff McCliss said
Officials think the malware came from an ad someone in the department clicked on
‘Is it better to take a stand and lose all that information? Or make the payment grit your teeth and just do it?’ said the detective
The Dickson County Sheriff’s Office in Middle Tennessee ended up paying a ransom after a malicious computer program blocked access to their files.

Detective Jeff McCliss told WTVF-TV that malware on a computer locked the agency’s case files, which included autopsy reports, witness statements and crime scene photos.

He says the malware, called ‘Cryptowall,’ doesn’t tamper with files on a computer, but keeps them locked until a ransom is paid.

No choice: Jeff McCliss grimaced when he was forced to pay $500 worth in bitcoins in order to retrieve case files locked by a computer virus called Cryptoware +3
No choice: Jeff McCliss grimaced when he was forced to pay $500 worth in bitcoins in order to retrieve case files locked by a computer virus called Cryptoware
‘Every sort of document that you could develop in an investigation was in that folder. There was a total of 72,000 files,’ McCliss said Tuesday.

After consulting with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the FBI, McCliss said the agency determined the only way to get their files back was to pay the asking price: $500 in bitcoins.

Officials think the malware came from an ad someone in the department clicked on.

‘Is it better to take a stand and lose all that information? Or make the payment grit your teeth and just do it?’ he said.

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