Two people have been arrested in London on suspicion of hacking Washington’s CCTV system prior to Donald Trump’s inauguration.
Detectives reportedly raided the Streatham home of a 50-year-old British man and Swedish woman in South London on January 19th.
This was due to a suspicion that the two hacked into storage devices, which record data from police surveillance cameras in the American capital between January 12 and 15.
It was reported that 123 of 187 security cameras in Washington were disabled by hackers, which started a “major security incident.”
According to Washington officials, ransomware was left on the camera system between January 12th and 15th in an attempt to extort cash from authorities.
According to the police and the city’s technology office, the hack forced a major citywide reinstallation effort, since city officials were left unable to record due to the ransomware.
The software was successfully re-installed and each infected system was restarted. No ransom was paid to the hackers.
According to the National Crime Agency: “Enquiries are ongoing and we are unable to provide further information at this time.”
Police at around 5:30pm raided the couple’s home. A nearby resident said: “My sister had just come back from work and saw a couple of police cars around 5.30pm. The pair have been bailed until April 2017.
“Then later more cars turned up and we could see the blue lights filling the whole house. They keep themselves to themselves. This is a quiet street and there never any trouble round here.”
Another neighbor said: “I saw a lot of police arrive a few weeks ago.”
“I don’t know what it was about, but I saw them go in the house. I’ve spoken to the guy a few times, he seems really nice and we often have a chat in the street.”