British Officials Arrest 2 in Hacking of DC Camera System

Two people have been arrested in London in the hacking of storage devices that record data from Metropolitan Police Department surveillance cameras.

The Washington Post reports the arrests were made following a search warrant served Jan. 19, the day before the presidential inauguration. Britain's National Crime Agency, which is similar to the FBI, confirmed the arrests of a man and woman but didn't disclose the suspects' names.

British officials said both suspects bailed out of jail. In a statement, the National Crime Agency said an investigation was ongoing and no further information could be provided.

City officials last week revealed the hack, which affected 123 of the 187 network video recorders in the closed-circuit TV system. Officials said that public safety and security for the inauguration were not compromised.

One video camera that was not working due to the hack was in close proximity to the location in Southeast D.C. where 68-year-old Vivian Marrow was shot and killed on Monday, Jan. 16 while sitting in her wheelchair.

A spokesperson for D.C. police confirmed that the camera was not working at the time of the murder, but said that footage from that camera would not have had an impact on the case. Police are still searching for the suspect.

"The camera located at Elvans and Stanton Roads, SE was infected with the ransomware, though we believe it did not have an impact on the case. As you are aware, we were able to retrieve footage of the shooting from the residential property that captured the masked subject responsible for the senseless murder of Mrs. Marrow," the spokesperson said. "We have received community tips concerning the shooting but still need additional information to identify the individual responsible and believe that the community will be instrumental in helping us close the case.

"All cameras are operational at this time and there are measures in place to prevent this from occurring in the future."

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