(Reuters) – Washington, DC police department's server has been hacked, US media quoted it in an attack that the news agency AP reported had been claimed by a Russian-speaking ransomware group.
The department said it was still assessing the extent of unauthorized access.
"While we determine the full impact and continue to investigate the operation, we have engaged the FBI to fully investigate this matter," the district Metropolitan Police Department said in a statement quoted late Monday by outlets including AP and NBC News.
The statement did not identify suspects in the attack, according to reports. The department did not immediately respond to Reuters' request for comment.
The AP said that there was no indication that any police operation was affected, although it added that the ransomware group Babuk had taken responsibility and had stolen sensitive information, including informants. , that it had threatened to share with criminal gangs.
Ransomware groups hold files and networks hostage unless a payment is made.
Department of Homeland Security's Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said last month that dealing with such groups had become his department's top priority.