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Hackney Council Hit by ‘Serious Cyber Attack’

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Hackney Council has reported a data breach after experiencing a serious cyber attack on Tuesday morning. The attack is said to still be affecting many of the council’s services and IT systems.

While there are widespread reports of the breach in the UK press, it is not yet clear exactly what type of cyber-attack occurred, nor the sort of data that was compromised. Hackney Council is said to be working with the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and the Ministry of Housing to investigate the incident.

Mayor Phillip Glanville released a statement regarding the incident, saying: "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."

A spokesperson for the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has also confirmed that the independent authority is making enquiries into the incident, adding: "If anyone is concerned about their personal information they should contact the council first, if they are not satisfied, they can bring their concerns to us."

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