Las Vegas Confirms Network ‘Compromised’ in Cyberincident

In the early hours of Tuesday morning, the city of Las Vegas became aware of what it is calling a "compromise" of its network. Officials are assessing the situation and hope to have more details confirmed within 24 hours.

by / January 7, 2020

The city of Las Vegas suffered a network breach early Tuesday as the result of a malicious email, officials confirmed.

An email led to a "compromise" of the computer network at about 4:30 a.m. The incident also coincides with the first day of the Consumer Electronics Show, which is being held at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

City communications director David Riggleman said details surrounding the incident are under investigation and there should be a clearer picture in the coming days. 

"We were obviously anticipating that a day like this would eventually come," Riggleman said. 

Like other governments and large corporations, the city faces numerous attacks on its system. Riggleman pointed out that about 2 million emails come through the city network each month, saying that the city was immediately notified of the "unusual activity." 

"We’ve never had a compromise of this nature before, no, but we’ve had attempts in the neighborhood of 279,000 a month," Riggleman said. 

All the city officials could reveal in the early stages of the investigations is that the incident was tied to an email. 

Riggleman said residents may experience brief service interruptions, adding that any interruptions are tied to city staff working on the network. 

"It's important to note that those interruptions are not caused by the compromise directly," Riggleman said. "They’re caused by our systems analysts protecting our systems."

Michael Sherwood, information technologies director for the city, declined to comment this afternoon.

Jed Pressgrove Staff Writer

Jed Pressgrove has been a writer and editor for about 15 years. He received a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in sociology from Mississippi State University.

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