LEAST COMPETENT SHERIFF’S EMPLOYEE

After consulting with the FBI, military and state law-enforcement and security agencies, the sheriff of Dickson County, Tennessee, concluded his only option to rescue his departmental records database from malicious malware was to pay a $500 ransom to the creators of the CryptoWall “trojan,” which had attacked and encrypted his files. A total of 72,000 files, including witness statements and other evidence in criminal cases, was temporarily inaccessible after a department computer user clicked on the wrong part of a screen in late October. In August, PC World reported that within the previous six months, CryptoWall’s developers were estimated to have “earned” $1 million in “ransoms.”

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october, 2021

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