Las Vegas reports cyber attack; Extent of breach unclear

January 7, 2020 GMT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas officials said Tuesday that that a cyber attack breached the city’s computer systems, but it wasn’t immediately clear if any sensitive data was compromised.

City officials were alerted to the breach around 4:30 a.m., city spokesman David Riggleman told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The city’s information technology department reacted quickly and was taking “extensive steps” to protect the system, Riggleman said.

The city was still assessing whether any city or public data had been accessed, Riggleman said Tuesday afternoon. Las Vegas will know more about the scope of the breach in a day or two, he said.

The city faces about 279,000 attempts to breach its computer system every month, Riggleman said.