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Northern Trains network were knocked offline following a ransomware attack

Exploit: Ransomware

Northern Trains: Government-Run Transportation Authority

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Risk to Business: 1.302 = Extreme

Railway passengers in Northern England got an unpleasant surprise when they discovered that ticket machines on Northern Trains’ network were knocked offline following a ransomware attack. Run by the British government, Northern Trains said no customer or payment data had been compromised, and that customers could still buy tickets online.

Individual Impact: There has not yet been confirmed that consumer personal or financial information has been compromised in this incident but the investigation is ongoing.

Customers Impacted: Unknown

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business Cyberattacks against utilities and quasi-utility infrastructure have been steadily increasing, and businesses in those sectors need to step up their protection to stay safe.