‘Ransomware attack’ preventing Knoxville Police from responding to minor traffic accidents

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – The Knoxville Police Department will temporarily not be responding to traffic crashes unless there is an injury or disabled vehicles are blocking the roadway because of technical issues from the City of Knoxville ransomware attack.

City of Knoxville employees were notified via email Thursday morning that the city’s network was attacked by ransomware overnight. A city official said attackers demanded bitcoin.

Those needing a report a non-injury crash should do so through their insurance provider, a Police Department spokesman said.

The City of Knoxville website is functional but some online services remain unavailable Friday morning.

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