Hacker-hit council 'confident' of government help

BBC Radio Tees

The leader of a Teesside council which saw its online services hit by hackers earlier this year says if another attack were to happen it wouldn't be as badly affected.

Computer systems at Redcar and Cleveland Council were targeted in February, knocking many functions offline.

Mary Lanigan said the authority had made improvements to its cyber-defences and further upgrades are planned.

She told us she can "absolutely reassure people" the council is in a stronger position and she added she was "quietly confident" the government will help cover the costs incurred by the attack which have been estimated at more than £10m.

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