A local authority in the northeast of England found themselves on the wrong side of a nasty cyberattack, resulting in the loss of service to over 130,000 residents.
Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council’s infrastructure has been taken down for over 2 weeks and it’s not clear how much longer it will remain this way. A member of the council stated that it could still be “more than a few weeks…” until they are back up and running normally again.
Due to a lack of disaster recovery planning, it is going to be a very difficult task to identify what caused the attack, if any data has been stolen or lost and how many of the council’s devices have been affected.
The cause and type of the attack have still not been confirmed. But all signs are currently pointing towards it being ransomware, which is most commonly transmitted via emails and malicious websites.
Without a robust system in place to prevent malicious emails being delivered and blocking any websites that pose a risk to security, it is highly likely that many businesses would have suffered the same fate.
At LMS Group, we provide our clients with industry-leading antivirus, email filtering and user awareness training to minimise the risk to their company. User training plays a big part in a companies cyber safety because in the event that a malicious email is delivered, your staff need to know how to identify threat and act accordingly to minimise any risk to your business and your customers.
This attack is the latest in a series of major cyberattacks this year, we have seen companies and organisations of all sizes become the prey of sophisticated hacking groups. Ranging from Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council to Travelex, a globally recognised foreign exchange bureaux. Further proving that ALL companies can be targeted by cybercriminals, whether you are a ‘one-man-band’ or a well-established business with over 500 employees. Cyber attacks can and will happen.