(Reuters) – The U.S. Marshals Service suffered a ransomware security breach this month that compromised sensitive law enforcement information, a spokesman said on Monday.
The Marshals Service notified the US Department of Justice of the breach, and agents there began a forensic investigation, Drew Wade, director of the Marshals Service public affairs office, told Reuters in an email.
“The affected system contains law enforcement sensitive information, including legal process returns, administrative information and personally identifiable information relating to subjects of USMS investigations, third parties and certain USMS employees,” Wade said.
The incident took place on Feb. 17, when the service “discovered a ransomware and data exfiltration event affecting a standalone USMS system,” after which the system was disconnected from the network, Wade said.
The USMS is a federal law enforcement agency within the Department of Justice.