Cop Data and Extortion


If there’s one aspect of American policing that has changed more than all others combined in recent decades, it’s the influx of computer technology.

Lone gone are the days when tough-talking, cigar-chomping detectives typed reports out by hand on an old typewriter.

These days, especially when it comes to criminal records and reports, automation has made it a lot easier to do the paperwork part of the job.

But with increased convenience comes increased risk.

The fact is, outside of a very small number of law enforcement agencies, there are not a lot of highly skilled technical experts that really have a handle on how technology works.

This is particularly problematic when it comes to law enforcement agencies being virtually hijacked and their data held for ransom.

That just happened to a small agency in Massachusetts.


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