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D.C. police chief confirms personnel files stolen in ransomware attack

April 30, 2021


The head of Washington, D.C.’s, Metropolitan Police Department said Thursday that personnel files were among the data stolen in a ransomware attack that was reported earlier this week.

In a departmentwide memo, Acting Chief Robert Contee wrote that the more than 250 gigabytes of MPD files stolen by affiliates of the Babuk ransomware gang included documents about individual officers.

“At this time, I can confirm that HR-related files with Personally Identifiable Information (PII) were obtained,” Contee wrote. He added that the department, along with the D.C. Office of the Chief Technology Officer, are still assessing the full scope and impact of the breach.

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