In October 2020, Hackney Council was hit by a serious cyberattack. The attack, which was announced on Tuesday 13th October, affected many of the council’s services and IT systems.
It is currently unclear who the culprit of the attack is, and it is not yet known what, if any, data has been compromised, but online services such as One Account and payments went down.
If any resident data has been accessed by cybercriminals, this could be very damaging – both for the council and those affected.
Keller Lenkner UK is considering a no win, no fee group action against Hackney Council. Group actions can be a powerful tool and can have a bigger impact than a single claim.
“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.”
It has now been revealed that data stolen in Hackney Council cyberattack has been published on the dark web.
Find out more about making a group action claim for compensation.
What does no-win, no-fee actually mean and are there really no costs if you appoint us?
While each case is judged on its own merits, there are some things we would typically look for when it comes to when claiming compensation following a data breach, cybercrime or other GDPR violation:
With stolen data, cybercriminals can make purchases using your bank and credit cards, apply for credit in your name, set up fraudulent bank accounts and access your existing online accounts.
GDPR failures, cybercrime and data breaches can have a significant impact on you, both mentally and physically. They can cause or exacerbate anxiety, stress and other psychological conditions.