Bitcoin receipts: Wiscasset Police Dept.

Kevin Collier filed this request with the Wiscasset Police Department of Wiscasset, ME.

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From: Kevin Collier

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Maine Freedom of Access Act ("FOAA"), I hereby request the following records:

All receipts for a purchase of bitcoin and all invoices for any outside consultant hired to provide advice or assistance in purchasing bitcoin. As detailed in the Booth Bay Register, the Wiscasset Police Department needed to purchase bitcoin in order to pay its ransomware attackers: http://www.boothbayregister.com/article/sheriff-s-office-prepared-after-bitcoin-ransom/51070.

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 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Kevin Collier

From: Chief

Hello. The Wiscasset Police Department is in receipt of your FOAA request.

Chief Lange

Jeffrey E Lange
Chief of Police
Wiscasset Police Department
51 Bath Rd, Wiscasset, Maine 04578
207-882-8203

From: Chief

Mr. Collier,

After searching and verifying our records, the Town of Wiscasset nor the Wiscasset Police Department paid for any outside consultant, nor provided assistance in paying for bitcoins in regards to a rasomware attacker.

Thank you,

Chief Lange

From: Kevin Collier

Thank you for your response. Can you clarify for me whether the Wiscasset Police Department paid bitcoin to remove ransomware from any of its networks or computers, as indicated in the Booth Bay Register (http://www.boothbayregister.com/article/sheriff-s-office-prepared-after-bitcoin-ransom/51070)?

From: Chief

Sir, The Wiscasset Police Department did not pay anything (bitcoin or any other currency) to remove any type of ransomware for any of our computers. We utilize the County’s network for our policing / dispatching services.

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