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Ransomware Virus Scam (5878_16)


1. Whether the force has fallen victim to a ransomware virus scam (a definition of which can be found at:, or has been made aware that it has transmitted a ransomware virus scan from its email server, between 1 January 2014 and 18 May 2016 inclusive, in whichever format is easiest to supply; and

2. If the answer to question 1) is “yes”, whether the force paid the ransom, and if so, how much it paid in pounds sterling, in whichever format is easiest to supply.


Please find data attached.

In addition to the attached response West Midlands Police can neither confirm nor deny that it holds any other information relevant to this request as the duty in Section 1(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not apply by virtue of the following exemption:

Section 23(5) Information supplied by, or concerning, certain Security Bodies

Section 23 is a class based absolute exemption and there is no requirement to consider the public interest in this case.

Confirming or denying the existence of whether any other information is held would contravene the constrictions laid out within Section 23 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in that this stipulates a generic bar on disclosure of any information applied by, or concerning, certain Security Bodies.

This exemption and explanatory notes is shown here:

Freedom of information

No inference can be taken from this refusal that any further information relevant to your request does or does not exist.