Hackers Used DC Police Surveillance System to Distribute Ransomware

A Romanian man and woman are accused of hacking into the outdoor surveillance system deployed by Washington DC police, which they used to distribute ransomware.The two suspects are named Mihai Alexandru Isvanca and Eveline Cismaru, Romanian nationals, both arrested last week by Romanian authorities part of Operation Bakovia that culminated with the arrest of five suspects on charges of distributing email spam laced with the CTB-Locker and Cerber ransomware strains.Hackers breached 123 of 187 of Washington police CCTV camerasAccording to an affidavit filed by the US Secret Service, the two are accused of hacking into 123 of the 187 security cameras deployed part of the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia (MPDC) closed-circuit TV system that Washington police uses to keep an eye on public spaces across the city.
The two supposedly hacked MPDC cameras and computers on January 9. Washington police discovered the intrusion on January 12 and shut down the system for four days until January 15 to clean and secure their network.

The shutdown of Washington, DC’s entire CCTV system took place two weeks ahead of President Trump’s inauguration ceremony and caused a stir in US media, as many initially pinned it on foreign nation-state hackers.

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