“This virus affected all Microsoft Office Suite documents, such as Word documents and Excel files. In addition, all body camera video, some in-car video, some in-house surveillance video, and some photographs that were stored on the server were corrupted and were lost. No information contained in any of those documents, videos, or photographs was extracted or transmitted outside of the Police Department”
See Police Department’s Files CorruptedBack in the day when M$ struggled to convince the world that everyone could have a computer on every desk and a few more in the server-room, life was much simpler. Things worked or they didn’t. Often it was some of both conditions. Naturally, as computers became faster and more capable and networks grew too, we did more with computers to the point they were essential infrastructure to be built into our buildings from the start.
Of course, complexity grew too and intruders and malware attacked over the network. About 2003/4 the situation got so bad that the Wintel empire was threatened. Resources were poured into the problem. Code got better. Users became more aware of danger. The problem remains that the number of users and the number of attackers has grown to the point that no one anywhere at any time can be 100% secure. Of course, there is the backup, a copy of everything that can be rolled out to put things back the way they were. That’s what this police-department needed but it didn’t have a good backup, just a copy of the corrupted data where the backup should have been. Someone had the right idea but lacked the imagination to put in more depth.
So, much of their data was corrupted and they’re starting over. Let’s hope they get it right this time. It may not help. Attackers grow more sophisticated. Lord knows, they’ve had the practice whereas their targets are just waiting to be ambushed. I’d recommend they start over with Debian GNU/Linux on desktop and server and perhaps rethink their whole structure of file-system and security and backup. Perhaps a filter on the web might be a good idea… Debian has all they need to filter out most of the bad stuff that comes over the network but no one can get it all. Perhaps they should have important stuff off the web completely.