Hackney Council has been hit by a serious cyberattack. The attack, which was announced this morning (Tuesday 13th October), is affecting many of the council’s services and IT systems. A statement by Philip Glanville, Mayor of Hackney about the Hackney Council cyberattack reads:
“Hackney Council has been the target of a serious cyberattack, which is affecting many of our services and IT systems.
“Council officers have been working closely with the National Cyber Security Centre, external experts and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to investigate and understand the impact of the incident.
“This investigation is at an early stage, and limited information is currently available. We will continue to provide updates as our investigation progresses.
“Our focus is on continuing to deliver essential frontline services, especially to our most vulnerable residents, and protecting data, while restoring affected services as soon as possible.
“In the meantime, some Council services may be unavailable or slower than normal, and our call centre is extremely busy. We ask that residents and businesses only contact us if absolutely necessary, and to bear with us while we seek to resolve these issues.”
Are residents at risk following the Hackney Council cyberattack?
It is not yet known what, if any, data has been compromised in this attack, but online services such as One Account and payments are down.
If any resident data has been accessed by cybercriminals, this could be very damaging – both for the council and those affected.
Victims of data breaches often become the target of cybercriminals. So, if you are at all worried, the Keller Lenkner UK expert data breach lawyers have provided some helpful tips.
If you think you may have lost data in this ongoing incident, contact Keller Lenkner and we will help you to investigate that loss.