Ransomware Attacks on Local Governments (Department of Justice, Criminal Division)

Kari Paul filed this request with the Department of Justice, Criminal Division of the United States of America.

It is a clone of this request.

Tracking #

CRM-300671553

Multi Request Ransomware Attacks on Local Governments
Due July 2, 2018
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: Kari Paul


To Whom It May Concern:

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

1. All information, documents, records, and communications regarding "ransomware" — malicious software (Cryptolocker, Cryptowall, etc.) that encrypt the contents of a victim’s hard drive, often until the victim pays the hackers to regain control kept by the Department of Justice.
2. Any and all analyses of threats, recorded instances of its use, complaints received, and any actions recommended to local police departments regarding ransomware attacks.

This request is for any and all records at any and all DOJ offices. Please produce all records with their administrative markings intact, and all reports, memos and documents to include any and all administrative pages. In excising material, please black out rather than white out or cut out material.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

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 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Kari Paul

From: Department of Justice, Criminal Division

Dear Ms. Paul,
Please see the attached, which acknowledges receipt of your Freedom of Information Act request. In addition, we would like to seek clarification regarding the scope of your request. Please contact the FOIA/PA Unit at 202-616-0307<tel:(202)%20616-0307> to discuss.
Thank you,
Christina M. Butler
Deputy Chief
FOIA/PA Unit
202-616-5619

From: Department of Justice, Criminal Division

Dear Ms. Paul:

This responds to your status inquiry dated August 1, 2018 concerning your pending Freedom of Information Act request received on June 4, 2018 for records concerning Ransomware Attacks on Local Governments.

Please be advised that your request is being processed on the complex track.

From: Department of Justice, Criminal Division

Dear Ms. Paul:

This responds to your status inquiries dated September 10, 2018 and October 10, 2018, concerning your pending Freedom of Information Act request received on June 4, 2018 for records concerning Ransomware Attacks on Local Governments.

Please be advised that your request is being processed on the complex track. On average, it takes the FOIA/PA Unit 203 days to process a complex request. Please note that 203 working days is
the average, with fifty percent of cases being completed sooner, and the other fifty percent of cases requiring additional time. At this time, your request has been pending for 94 business days. A search
for responsive records is pending.

Please be advised that on July 2, 2018, we sent you an acknowledgment letter and requested that you contact our Office to discuss your request. To date, you have not contacted our Office. We
still desire to speak to you regarding the scope of your request. Please contact us by telephone at (202) 616-0307.

Your continued patience is appreciated and we apologize for the delays in the processing of your request. Please feel free to follow up with the FOIA/PA Unit in sixty days if you would like
another status update on your request.

Thank you,

FOIA/PA Unit
Criminal Division
U.S. Department of Justice

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