County spends $70K to end cyberattack

Pottawatomie County said cyberattackers demanded $1 million after crippling the computer system. The county paid more than $70,000 after two weeks.


State News

October 6, 2021 - 10:00 AM

WESTMORELAND, Kan. (AP) — A northeast Kansas county paid more than $70,000 to end a cyberattack that crippled its computer systems for about two weeks.

Pottawatomie County administrator Chad Kinsley said the attackers had demanded more than $1 million, The Topeka Capital-Journal reports. 

Kinsley said the county told the hackers that it was small, with just about 25,000 residents, and couldn’t even come close to meeting their demand. 

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