Roxana Police Department the latest victim of ransomware

News
This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

ROXANA, IL (KTVI) – A metro east police department is recovering from an attack on the department’s computer system. It’s another case of ransomware.

The St. Louis City Library dealt with a ransomware attack last month. The Roxana Police Department was just getting back to normal.

“It’s aggravating when they hack somebody like the police,” said Dan Bruggeman, a lifelong Roxana resident. “They’re there to protect us. If their system goes down, we’re all in trouble.”

Folks in Roxana are talking about what happened at the police department. It was February 1 when the computers went down and it was not until Thursday they were all working again.

Dan Gonzales, who works for the Riverbender Tech Center in Alton, said he’s seen computers damaged by ransomware.

“What’s happening are people are trying to make money,” Gonzales said. “It’s illegal. When someone clicks on an unusual email or downloads something they shouldn’t, they can welcome the ransomware virus into their computer. It causes the computer to freeze and it cannot be used unless a ransom is paid. It makes customers angry.”

Gonzales said he can typically get the computer operating again, but that usually means the owners lose any data that wasn’t backed up.

Roxana Police Chief Will Cunningham said that citizens’ safety was not in danger and that the police did not pay the ransom

The FBI is investigating the matter.

Cunningham said Roxana police have five levels of computer security. He added the department does back up its data.

The chief did not disclose the amount of the ransom demand.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

About FOX 2 News

FOX 2 and KPLR 11 in St. Louis cover the news in Missouri and Illinois. There are over 68 hours of live news and local programming on-air each week. Our website and live video streams operate 24/7. Download our apps for alerts and follow us on social media for updates in your feed.

President Harry Truman said: “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” That spirit is alive and well at Fox 2. Our teamwork is on display each and every day.

Our news slogan is: “Coverage You Can Count On.” We quite frankly are too busy to worry about who gets the credit. Our main concern is serving the viewer.

We go where the stories take us. Whether it be Washington, D.C when a Belleville man opened fire during a congressional baseball game practice or to Puerto Rico where local Ameren crews restored power after more than 5 months in the dark.

Coverage You Can Count On means “Waking up your Day” with our top-rated morning show. From 4:00 am-10:00 am we are leading the way with breaking news. But our early morning crew also knows how to have some fun! Our strong commitment to the communities we serve is highlighted with our Friday neighborhood shows.

Our investigative unit consists of three reporters. Elliott Davis focuses on government waste, Chris Hayes is our investigative reporter, and Mike Colombo is our consumer reporter. They work in unison with the news department by sharing resources and ideas.

We continue to cover breaking news aggressively and relied on our seasoned journalists to make a difference with the stories we covered. The shooting of Arnold Police Officer Ryan O’Connor is just one example of that. Jasmine Huda was the only reporter who had exclusive access to the O’Connor family during his amazing rehabilitation in Colorado.

Last, but certainly not least, FOX 2 and KPLR 11 are committed to covering local politics. We host debates among candidates and have the most extensive presidential election coverage. Our commitment to politics isn’t just during an election year. We produce two political shows that air every weekend.

Popular

Latest News

More News