- Associated Press - Saturday, June 21, 2014

COLLINSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say cyber criminals have hacked into the computer database of a north Alabama police department.

WAAY-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1sviuJx ) that seven computers in the Collinsville Police Department have been affected by the hacking attack.

Police say the hackers are essentially holding the department’s computer files hostage so that officers cannot open criminal mug shots or videos from crime scenes. Authorities say officers would have to pay money to have the videos and photos unlocked.

Assistant police Chief Rex Leath says the attack originated from an email attachment sent to the department.

The department has contacted the FBI’s cyber unit to investigate.

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Information from: WAAY-TV, http://www.waaytv.com/

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