The North Miami Beach Police Department was hit with a ransomware attack and is now being told to pay millions to regain access to information it stored online.
The department said in a statement Friday that it was impacted by ransomware earlier that week and contacted the FBI, Secret Service and the Miami-Dade Police Department to investigate.
“The most important thing to know is that there has been no interruption in public safety services in the City of North Miami Beach,” the department said in the statement. “Our police department continues to conduct all operations to keep our residents and streets safe, and citizen calls for assistance will continue to be responded to promptly.”
The department said it appears no other department or city service has been affected.
A source told NBC 6 the attackers demanded $5 million from the department to get the information back online. Meanwhile, the department has resorted to old-school methods such as writing reports by hand.
The city said it is investigating whether the personal information of any resident, employee or vendor was accessed or acquired.