Hackney Council says it has been hit by a “serious cyber attack”, which is affecting many of its services and IT systems.
The council says it is working with the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and the Ministry of Housing to investigate and understand the impact of the incident.
It is not year clear what type of cyber attack has hit the council or whether residents’ data has been exposed.
In a statement on the council’s website, which is still up and running, Mayor Philip Glanville said: “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,” he added.
“We ask that residents and businesses only contact us if absolutely necessary, and to bear with us while we seek to resolve these issues.”
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Twitter hack: Social media giant suffers ‘huge’ billing information data breach #Twitter #Hacked #CyberAttack
In a message to business owners on the platform, Twitter reported a data breach while using its advertisement and analytics platform. This meant that prior to May 20, 2020 certain details would be stored within a web browser’s cache. Web cache is whereby documents or information of the pages a user has visited are stored on the web browser.
In a message to sent to business owners on the platform, Twitter said: “We are writing to let you know of a data security incident that may have involved your personal information on ads.twiiter and analytics.twitter.
“We became aware of an issue that meant that prior to May 20, 2020, if you viewed your billing information on ads.twitter or analytics.twitter the billing information may have been stored in the browser’s cache.
“Examples of that information include, email address, phone number, last four digits of cour credit card number.”
It is not clear how many businesses were affected by the security breach.
While there has been no confirmation as to whether this was a technical breach or sophisticated attack, cyber-attacks have increased during the coronavirus lockdown.
According to the data from cybersecurity company, Darktrace, attacks aimed at home workers increased from 12 percent of malicious email to more than 60 in May.
The attacks were aimed at exploiting the uncertainty of businesses amid and employees amid the virus pandemic.
Other attacks have also pinpointed those using platform such as Zoom.
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He said: “Russia and other countries – and indeed non-state actors – see the challenges that Covid has created and are trying to exploit it.
“And we’re making sure we have got the resilience, the defence and the capabilities to prevent them from doing so.
“We certainly know Russia is engaged systematically in misinformation and propaganda, through cyber and other ways.
“Others engage in the same too, China and Iran, but I don’t think it had any outcome on the electoral process in the UK.”
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#Facebook and #Instagram experience major #outage across continental #USA, #Europe, #SouthAmerica, parts of #Asia
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The world’s largest social media platform Facebook has experienced a major outage across the continental US on Thanksgiving with thousands of reports of problems flooding in to popular crowdsourcing site DownDetector.
Users reported outages across both Facebook and Instagram, which are both owned by the same company, but WhatsApp appeared to be unaffected by the issue as yet. All three apps share much of the same underlying infrastructure which can often create a cascade effect when a server goes down.
The Facebook platform began experiencing issues at approximately 9:17 EST. Though the majority of the reports stem from the US, there has also been reports of issues in Europe, South America and parts of Asia.
As expected during these outages, frustrated users took to Twitter to vent their dissatisfaction and concern that they may have to actually talk to their family members during Thanksgiving dinner.
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Access to the website of the Russian Embassy in London remained unreliable for almost 20 hours after unidentified ‘hackers’ targeted it with a denial-of-service attack, the diplomatic mission said.
The attack started at about 16:30GMT on Monday, a spokesperson for the embassy told the media. By 12:00 on Tuesday, embassy IT staff managed to restore access, the report said.
“An investigation into what happened is underway,” the spokesperson said, adding that Russian diplomatic staff were apologizing to anyone whose plans may have been affected by the downing of the website.
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