Ransomware incidents (Maine State Police)

Emma North-Best filed this request with the Maine State Police of Maine.

It is a clone of this request.

Multi Request Ransomware incidents
Est. Completion None
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From: Emma North-Best

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Maine Freedom of Access Act, I hereby request the following records:

Documents, including but not limited to emails, memos, and incident reports, mentioning or describing any reported or encountered incidents of "ransomware," which may be loosely defined as a type of malware that threatens to permanently encrypt and/or unless a ransom is paid.

I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. I have previously written about the government and its activities, with some reaching over 100,000 readers in outlets such as Gizmodo, MuckRock, Motherboard, Property of the People, Unicorn Riot, and The Outline, among others. As such, as I have a reasonable expectation of publication and my editorial and writing skills are well established. In addition, I discuss and comment on the files online and make them available through non-profits such as the library Internet Archive and the journalist non-profit MuckRock, disseminating them to a large audience. While my research is not limited to this, a great deal of it, including this, focuses on the activities and attitudes of the government itself. As such, it is not necessary for me to demonstrate the relevance of this particular subject in advance.

As my primary purpose is to inform about government activities by reporting on it and making the raw data available, I request that fees be waived.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by 1 M.R.S.A. § 408(6). The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 5 business days, as the statute requires.


Emma North-Best

From: Maine State Police

Dear Ms. North-Best:

This email is sent to acknowledge the Maine State Police’s receipt of your FOAA request below.

At your convenience, would you please clarify the following?:

1. What timeframe the request contemplates (e.g., during 2021, from 01 JAN 2020 to 31 JAN 2021, etc.);
2. Whether the scope of the request includes records (such as emails) that might simply include links to or information excerpted from media reports of ransomware incidents;
3. Whether the scope of the request can be narrowed to contemplate only certain types of records (e.g., investigative records, intelligence records, etc.). As stated, the request is considerably broad and would take a substantial amount of staff time to process, for which time we will charge to the fullest extent permitted by the FOAA;
4. Whether the request is meant to be for records relating only to incidents of ransomware that have directly affected the Maine State Police, or whether the request is intended to be broader in scope than that (and, if so, how much broader).

Thank you in advance.

Respectfully, C



From: Maine State Police

Dear Ms. North-Best:

I am writing to follow up on my email below.

I will place your request in an inactive status until you have had an opportunity to respond.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Respectfully, C



From: Maine State Police

Dear Ms. North-Best:

Please see the clarifying questions I asked in my email to you below of 25 August 2021.

Thank you.

Respectfully, C