Request #19-885


Dear Records Access Officer:

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.


Jim Haddadin

Investigative Producer

NBC10 Boston

160 Wells Ave, Newton, MA



September 10, 2019 via email


September 24, 2019


Information Technology


Jim Haddadin






Point of Contact

Dave Petto

Request Closed Public

Your Public Records Request has been fulfilled. We have released all of the requested records to you. We now consider your request closed.

September 20, 2019, 11:17am
Request Published Public
September 20, 2019, 11:17am
Document(s) Released Public
September 20, 2019, 11:02am
Department Assignment Public
Information Technology
September 11, 2019, 12:02pm
Request Opened Public
Request received via email
September 11, 2019, 12:02pm