Ransomware attack leaves council facing huge bill to restore services
IT servers have been disabled for past three weeks, affecting website and phone lines
A council in the north-east of England has admitted that it has suffered a cyber-attack that has disabled its IT servers for the past three weeks, leaving it with a steep bill and concerns among residents that their local government infrastructure is “in danger of collapse”.
One Redcar and Cleveland councillor told the Guardian they had been advised it would take several months and cost between £11m and £18m to repair the damage -far more than the £7.4m funding grant the council is set to receive in 2020/2021 from central government. The council’s total annual budget is £279m.
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