Belton Police Department computers hit with malware attack
The Kansas City Star
A disruption of computer systems maintained by the Belton Police Department has prompted authorities to review its cybersecurity and investigate whether sensitive personal information was compromised, the police chief said Friday. Computer systems within the police department’s network were recently found to have encrypted malware that prevented access to certain digital files and other services used by department employees, Belton Police Chief Scott Lyons said in a statement. “We immediately isolated and disconnected those systems from the network as a precaution, notified the FBI and launched an investigation with the assistance of a forensic firm,” Lyons said.
The chief added that the systems involved appeared to only contain public information. But he said the department will provide notice and identity monitoring services in the event personal information leaked out. The department has restored the operational functions of its computers by using backup systems that were unaffected.
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