Washington DC Surveillance Hackers Arrested

By: Brian Karas, Published on Dec 29, 2017

The US Department of Justice has announced that "Two Romanian Suspects Charged With Hacking of Metropolitan Police Department Surveillance Cameras in Connection with Ransomware Scheme" that occurred in January 2017.

IPVM initially covered the technical details in March 2017 examining Washington DC MPD's Surveillance Equipment.

In this note, we examine the criminal complaint affidavit, new information provided and the role the vendors involved, including Avrio and Genetec, had on this hack.

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Comments (8)

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