Ransomware Hits Murfreesboro's Emergency Services

Posted at 1:09 PM, Jul 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-06 14:19:59-04

Two branches of Murfreesboro's emergency services have been hit by ransomware as part of a worldwide malware attack that began in May.

The Daily News Journal reported the Murfreesboro police and fire departments were recently attacked by the WannaCry ransomware, which targeted organizations using Microsoft Windows operating systems. Police spokeswoman Amy Norville said the department does not know when the malware was introduced into the system, but became aware of the attack last Saturday.

Norville said most of the affected data was not retrievable, and it was unclear if any significant files have been lost. Two file servers and 19 computers within the police department's system were breached.

Norville said staff took the system offline and was working to restore the servers.