Virgin Islands Police Department suffered a ransomware attack that crippled the servers containing internal affairs records and citizen complaints. In a separate incident, the Water and Power Authority lost $2.3 million in a Business Email Compromise (BEC) scam.
V.I. Police department suffered a ransomware attack in April 2019. The attack encrypted all the files stored in the department servers including the internal affairs records and citizen complaints.
The department acknowledged the attack in documents filed in U.S. District Court related to the ongoing federal consent decree designed to ensure that officers do not use excessive force.
What is the impact?
“The backups of the IAPRO system were corrupted and VIPD is working with the FBI to recover the information. The VIPD is working diligently to ensure that the system is fully operational and accessible.” the court report read, Government Technology reported.
The Water and Power utility officials said that it fell victim to a Business Email Compromise scheme compromising $2.3 million. Scammers managed to swindle funds from the department via a fake email asking for transfer of funds to a bank account.
“We have our staff report suspicious emails. We have seen some but we have quarantine mechanisms so they can be investigated further. Unfortunately, it’s our new reality,” Regina Petersen, Supreme Court Administrator said.
The Bureau of Information Technology is working with the Department of Homeland Security to enhance the security methods in monitoring the Virgin Islands government systems.
“BIT is working with Homeland Security to look at threats from their public facing domains,” Motta said, The St.Thomas Source reported.