Pa. district attorney responds after his office falls victim to computer hack, ransom demand

The Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office says a cyber crime that targeted its computers, and which ended with a $1,400 Bitcoin ransom payment for the return of stolen documents, did not compromise any court cases.

In a brief statement issued Monday evening, the office of District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. said the incident also highlights the risks facing governments and government entities in an increasingly digitally-centric world.   

“As technology continues to evolve, so does crime, and criminals are going to take advantage of that technology to always find new ways to victimize individuals, businesses and government agencies,” the statement reads. “As no cases were compromised as a result of this breach, we consider what happened more of a nuisance than anything else.”

A spokesman for the DA’s office declined to answer additional questions and said the office was “done talking about it.”

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