Swansea Police Response to CryptoLocker Infection

Allan Lasser filed this request with the Swansea Police Department of Swansea, MA.


From: Allan Lasser

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, ยง10, I hereby request all documents and records pertaining to the November 2013 infection of Swansea Police Department computers by CryptoLocker ransomware and the subsequent payment of $750 by the police department to the criminals responsible, including but not limited to expense reports, fund allocations requests, receipts, emails, printed correspondence, meeting minutes, and official statements.

The infection and payment was originally reported by Bree Sison for WBZ-TV on November 18th, 2013. The article can be found here: http://boston.cbslocal.com/2013/11/18/swansea-police-pay-ransom-after-computer-system-was-hacked/

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 the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. 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.

I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, 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 10 calendar days, as the statute requires.


Allan Lasser

From: Swansea Police Department

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

From: Swansea Police Department

A copy of documents responsive to the request.