UK government “left council to deal with ransomware attack” that cost £11m

The government left Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council to fight a massive ransomware attack alone for a week, with minimal support or correspondence, the council’s leader has said. Mary Lanigan told MPs yesterday that while police and cybercrime officers were on site within two days, help from Westminster was lacking. Recovering from the incident cost the small council £11.3m with just a third of that paid by central government, she said. A government spokesperson said the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) helped with co-ordination efforts throughout the incident.

In February 2020, cybercriminals unleashed a devastating ransomware attack on the North Yorkshire borough, which has a population of about 137,000 and had a fully integrated IT system that covered everything from social services to rates collection.

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Source: The New Statesman