Request #19-69

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law (M. G. L. Chapter 66, Section 10), I write to request access to and copies of records sufficient to show the occurrence of any ransomware attacks against municipal computer systems; and records of any payments made in response to such an attack.

For reference, Ransomware is a type of malicious software, or malware, designed to deny access to a computer system or data until a ransom is paid. Ransomware typically spreads through phishing emails or by unknowingly visiting an infected website.

I request to receive this information by electronic mail in any common electronic format, such as a PDF file or Word document.

If there are any fees associated with searching or copying these records, please notify me in advance and provide an estimate of the charges. I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires. If you cannot comply with my request, you are statutorily required to provide an explanation in writing. Please provide all segregable portions of otherwise exempt material.


September 10, 2019 via email








Point of Contact

Andrea Terkelsen

Request Closed Public

The records you asked for do not exist.  No attacks have occurred and no payments have been made.

September 20, 2019, 9:52am
Request Published Public
September 20, 2019, 9:52am
Department Assignment Public
September 12, 2019, 11:52am
Request Opened Public
Request received via email
September 12, 2019, 11:52am