It was recently revealed that Hackney Council had been the latest organisation to have suffered from a major cyber-attack which has made its services unavailable and taken down its IT systems.
The East London-based council have revealed very little about the attack or what services have been impacted by this major incident. However, it was stated that council officials are working alongside the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) as part of the ongoing investigation into the major incident.
The mayor of Hackney, Phil Glanville provided some more information about the attack by saying the following:
“Hackney Council has been the target of a serious cyberattack, which is affecting many of our services and IT systems,”
“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.”
Furthermore, the NCSC stated that it was fully aware of the incident at Hackney Council and was continuing to work to support them to find out exactly how the incident has impacted on the council.
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