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KPD resumes normal operations after ransomware attack

The Knoxville Police Department said officers have resumed normal protocol for responding to traffic crashes after a ransomware attack.
Police said the suspect ran off and the victim fled the scene for safety. / (KPD)
Police said the suspect ran off and the victim fled the scene for safety. / (KPD)(WDBJ)
Published: Jun. 17, 2020 at 12:02 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - On Tuesday afternoon, Knoxville Police Department announced officers have resumed normal protocol for responding to traffic crashes after a ransomware attack.

On June 11, the police department said its records database was inaccessible due to a ransomware attack that left the information locked under encryption.

KPD officials told WVLT News the department is creating new reports, but will not be able to enter them into the database until the ransomware infection is resolved.

The Knox County Sheriff’s Department’s records are not affected by the attack, but joint investigations that involve KPD are now more difficult due to the inaccessibility.

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