Serious cyberattack on Hackney Council systems

Hackney Council in London has been the target of a serious cyberattack, which is affecting many of it’s 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.

A statement on their website said :-

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.

A National Cyber Security Centre spokesperson said:

“We are aware of an incident affecting Hackney Borough Council.

“The NCSC is supporting the organisation and working with partners to understand the impact of this incident.”

Duncan Newell

Duncan is a technology professional with over 20 years experience of working in various IT roles. He has a interest in cyber security, and has a wide range of other skills in radio, electronics and telecommunications.

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