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Atlanta Ransomware Attack Wiped Out Years of Police Dashcam Footage

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A ransomware attack targeting the city of Atlanta wiped out years of dashcam footage generated by the Atlanta Police Department.

In an exclusive interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News, Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields revealed that a March ransomware attack against the city cost the Department years of dashcam footage. She said the impact of this data loss is minimal, however. As quoted by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

I’m not overly concerned, I’m really not, because that’s a tool, a useful tool, for us. But the dashcam doesn’t make the cases for us. There’s got to be the corroborating testimony of the officer. There will be other pieces of evidence. It’s not something that makes or breaks cases for us.


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