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Police: No evidence lost after malicious software infects Mt. Pleasant PD computers

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MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) -

Officials with the Mount Pleasant Police Department say no evidence has been lost after a malicious software infected two of the department's computers. 

"On December 12, 2016, at approximately 12:00 p.m., our Information Technology department was made aware of files that had been encrypted by ransomware," police said in a statement." Ransomware encrypts all file types to an obscure name with 128 bit AES encryption."

Ransomware's purpose is to stop access to a computer system until money is paid. 

According to police, their IT department was able to isolate the two infected computers and remove them from the network.

"The ransomware was traced back to an email account that contained the virus," MPPD officials said. "The Mount Pleasant Police Department’s file system is backed up on a regular basis."

Mt. Pleasant police say IT restored the directories from these backups, and no evidence has been lost as a result of the incident.

"The Town of Mount Pleasant has raised its cyber threat awareness and is taking additional measures to ensure there are no further incidents," police said in a statement. 

No arrests have been made. 

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