Sheriff's Department Pays Ransom for Files

A malware program, dubbed "Cryptowall", recently locked down critical files belonging to the Dickson County Sheriff's Office in Tennessee. Among the 72,000 affected files were autopsy reports, witness statements, and crime scene photos.

After consulting with experts, including the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the FBI, the sheriff's department made the decision to pay the ransom of $500 in bitcoins.

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