The ransomware infection of Cockrell Hill Police Department’s (CHPD) servers in Texas on December 12, 2016 revealed cyber vulnerabilities that can be mitigated. The hacker behind the attack demanded $4,000 in bitcoins to decrypt CHPD’s files. After consulting with the FBI Cyber Crime Unit, CHPD decided not to pay the ransom and wiped its server to remove the virus. The wipe caused the loss of some body camera, dash camera, and surveillance videos, as well as photos that were not properly backed up.
Based on an NJOHSP review, demonstrations in response to police-involved shootings nationally have resulted in mostly peaceful protests and vigils in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, which fall within constitutionally protected practices. However, since the shooting of five police officers in Dallas, Texas, on July 7 there has been an increase in attacks targeting law enforcement officials.