Held Hostage: What Happens When a City Becomes the Victim of Ransomware

In January, the City of Del Rio, Texas was brought to a screeching halt by a mysterious ransomware attack that targeted the city’s computers and electronic systems. Nearly a year later, it still isn’t clear who hacked the city. But one thing is certain: the attack, just one of many, is a cautionary tale for local governments and public agencies everywhere.

The city has not said how much ransom it paid to try to get its systems back up and running. Atlanta, Georgia, Charlotte, North Carolina, Lodi, California, Baltimore, Maryland and 22 local governments in Texas have been victims of similar campaigns.

Vice News aired an HBO documentary on the Del Rio data breach this year. You can watch a teaser of the airing above.