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Hackers Breached D.C. Security & Surveillance Footage Days Before Inauguration

February 10, 2017

A group of hackers breached Washington D.C.’s surveillance camera network and infected the system with ransomware just days before President Trump’s inauguration, according to law enforcement officials.

Eight days before Trump was sworn in, hackers breached traffic and security cameras around Washington D.C. leaving the cameras unable to record between January 12 and January 15.

Of the 187 cameras in the network, 123 of them were affected by the ransomware. The intrusion was confined to police CCTV cameras that monitor public areas and did not extend any further into D.C. computer networks. The FBI was monitoring the cameras for the security setup for the inauguration.

Investigators were able to rid the system of the ransomware without paying any money and the network was fully operational by Inauguration day.

The Secret Service is conducting an investigation into the ransomware attack.

Police arrested a man and a woman a day before the inauguration, CBS News reported.