Azusa police fell sufferer to a ransomware attack and the suspect obtained entry to info within the division’s computer systems, authorities introduced Friday, Might 28.
“Azusa police refused to cooperate with the cybercriminal and didn’t pay any ransom,” in response to a police statement.
Police haven’t arrested anybody but and haven’t decided how many individuals have been affected by the safety breach. The division has no proof of precise or tried misuse of the knowledge, however made the announcement in an abundance of warning, the assertion mentioned.
Police additionally don’t know the particular info accessed, Azusa police Capt. Chris Grant mentioned.
The investigation is ongoing.
On March 9, the division’s laptop system had a safety incident that led Azusa police to ask assist from the FBI and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Division, in response to Grant.
Police didn’t reveal particulars on what occurred. The assertion solely mentioned the “division found sure elements of its laptop programs have been inaccessible.”
Police additionally began working with specialists to seek out the supply of the incident and the extent of the programs affected, the assertion mentioned.
“On April 27, 2021, the investigation decided that sure Azusa police info was acquired by theunauthorized particular person throughout the incident,” in response to the assertion. Police mentioned this info could have included Social Safety numbers, driver’s license numbers, California ID numbers info on monetary accounts or medical health insurance.
There’s a helpline to handle individuals’s questions and to supply credit score monitoring providers to those that could also be affected. They will name 1-855-535-1860 between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. (Pacific Time) from Monday via Friday.
Police inspired individuals to stay vigilant in repeatedly reviewing and monitoring their credit score studies, account statements for suspicious exercise and to detect errors, the assertion mentioned. They will additionally contact thecredit reporting companies:
TransUnion’s quantity is 1-800-680-7289. The web site is www.transunion.com and their mailing deal with is P.O. Field 2000, Chester, PA 19016
Experian may be reached at 1-888-397-3742, www.experian.com or P.O. Field 9554, Allen, TX 75013;
Name Equifax at 1-888-298-0045 or go to www.equifax.com or mail them at P.O. Field 105069, Atlanta, GA 30348-5069.