CES 2020 was held in Las Vegas. The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is one of the largest exhibitions in the technology industry in a year and one of the largest conference events in the United States. Last year, CES attracted more than 175,000 people and 4,400 companies, and more than half of the Fortune 500 companies participated. According to reports, in the early hours of Tuesday local time, Las Vegas was under a sudden cyber-attack.
Las Vegas officials subsequently mentioned the matter on Twitter but did not say which systems were affected or how the attack occurred, although some media pointed out that it was an email attack. Officials said they found the attack early and stifled a situation that could be dangerous. No data was lost from their systems and no data was taken away.
Cyber attacks are quite common in the United States. It is common practice to hijack computer systems for ransom. It is reported that more than 70 state and local governments in the United States were attacked last year. The government is the main target, accounting for two-thirds of all known cyber attacks in the United States last year. Malware has also attacked hospitals, businesses, and universities.