Cyberattack strikes Brockton PD, shuts down computer systems

BROCKTON, M.A. (WLNE) — The city of Brockton announced Wednesday that its police department has fallen victim to a cyberattack.

The departments work has been interrupted while cyber security experts are trying to figure what happened and what data was compromised.

In a statement, the city says it has no reason to believe the department was targeted at this point.

Former Boston police chief and cyber security expert, Dan Linskey, says the attack won’t halt work at the department but may slow it down.

“I’m sure they can call over to the local town around them or the Regional Dispatch Center,” Linskey said.

“It’s going to be harder, but that’s the way— in 1986 when I started— that’s the way we did motor vehicle checks,” Linskey continued. “There was no computer database. You called someone on the radio, they called it in, typed it into the mainframe and got back to you. Sometimes 10, 15 minutes later.”

Linskey says police departments usually have their data backed-up every 12 hours, so anything lost should be restored quickly.

Out of caution, the Brockton Fire Department has also shut off its computer systems to avoid being infected.

No word from the city on when the departments may have their computer systems back up and running.

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