Request #19-29

Sept. 10, 2019

Mark Purple

Records Access Officer

Town of Southborough

17 Common Street

Southborough, MA 01772

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 11, 2019 via web


None Assigned





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Request Closed Public

The Town does not have any records that are responsive to your request.

Thank you.


September 23, 2019, 8:15am
Request Published Public
September 23, 2019, 8:15am
Request Opened Public
Request received via web
September 11, 2019, 12:24pm