News and Updates on Information Technology

United Kingdom – Hackney Borough Council

Exploit: Ransomware
Hackney Borough Council: Municipal Government  

Risk to Small Business: 1.334 = Extreme

A devastating cyberattack shut down operations at websites for the Hackney Borough Council, bringing everything from bill payments to services for the elderly and vulnerable to a halt briefly. Many functions have been restored, but some business is still impacted. The incident has also been reported to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). Experts from theNational Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), the National Crime Agency (NCA), external security experts, and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government are also assisting with investigation and recovery. The incident shows hallmarks of ransomware. 

Individual Risk: No personal or financial data is reported as stolen or compromised in this incident

Customers Impacted: Unknown

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Attacks on municipalities and municipal service providers have become more rare- and more damaging, especially from nation-state hackers and other highly organized cybercrime gangs.