BBC News Online – Councils hit by 98m cyber attacks in 5 years

Big Brother Watch Team / February 20, 2018

Big Brother Watch investigation reveals UK councils have been subjected to 37 cyber attacks a minute.

Lead Researcher of Big Brother Watch said: “With councils hit by over 19 million cyber attacks every year, one would assume that they would be doing their utmost to protect citizens’ sensitive information. We are shocked to discover that the majority of councils’ data breaches go unreported and that staff often lack basic training in cyber security. Local authorities need to take urgent action and make sure they fulfil their responsibilities to protect citizens. ”

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The Daily Mail – Councils are hit by nearly 100million cyber-attacks as hackers try to steal a ‘treasure trove’ of confidential data

The Daily Telegraph – Councils are battling with 37 cyber attacks every minute, survey finds

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iNews – UK councils targeted by 19m cyber attacks each year