CBS 60 Minutes episode features Leeds’ ransomware attack last year

CBS’ 60 Minutes tonight featured Leeds’s ransomware attack last March in a segment called “How cybercriminals hold data hostage… and why the best solution is often paying a ransom.”

Leeds Mayor David Miller was interviewed by Scott Pelley for the story that outlined how municipalities and hospitals have had their intranet with records and information hacked and held for ransom.

It cost the city of Leeds $12,000 to pay off the hackers to get access back to their online records.

On 60 Minutes, Pelley says “Miller was surprised his town of 12,000 would be a target; not much to notice in Leeds, at least not since Charles Barkley graduated from the high school.” 

See the full 60 Minutes story and video here.


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