back to article Hackers hack Hackney: Local government cries 'cyberattack' while UK infosec officials rush to figure out what happened

Hackney Council in East London has declared that it was hit by a "cyberattack" – but both the authority and officials from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) remain tight-lipped about what actually happened. In a statement published on the council website this morning, local mayor Philip Glanville said: "Hackney Council …

  1. JClouseau
    Coat

    Where's Fatima

    ....when you need her ?

    Sorry

    1. Flywheel Silver badge

      Re: Where's Fatima

      She's on a bricklaying and plastering course...

    2. steven_t
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      Re: Where's Fatima

      She's the prime suspect!

  2. chivo243 Silver badge
    Facepalm

    Nice advice

    you may have trouble accessing the site... don't enter payment details... just pull the freaking network cable! People are safe, and log files are intact...

  3. Ochib

    Translation: The excel spreadsheet got overwritten by mistake.

  4. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

    The Default Configuration .... Bohemian Chaos

    Headless chickens springs immediately to mind .... which is certainly unfortunate. Let's hope it is just an avant-garde exercise in disinformation.

  5. Peter Prof Fox

    The WHOLE council?

    Why is it that huge swathes of an organisation get stuffed? The people who sweep the streets don't need to be in constant touch with housing benefits. If some master data centre is used then how does such a juicy target get hacked, and where are the proven mitigations? The response seems to be "Oh dear! We're not prepared for whatever it is."

    1. Chris G Silver badge

      Re: The WHOLE council?

      Probably don't want to pay much for a decent infoerc guy or even advice because it's not something shiny to show off.

      This sounds as though it could just as easily be an in house faux pas as an attack.

      1. bobsmith2016

        Re: The WHOLE council?

        Could easily be a member of staff clicking on a link that they shouldn't.

    2. goodjudge

      Re: The WHOLE council?

      The article specifically says that the website where residents book and pay for things is affected, not "the whole council". Street sweepers and refuse lorries will do their regular rounds but new special requests e.g. flytipping or bulky item collection won't get through. If they're anything like my council, many depts. have area-specific access to the call centre's job-logging software so they can see and update their new reports. If the customer area of website links to it, the CC system may also be down - whether infected or as a precaution.

      Some depts. may have standalone systems that should carry on as normal unless IT pulled the plug on *everything* just in case.

  6. Danny 2 Silver badge

    Derivation of 'Hack' in place names

    haca (Old English) A hook.

    pers.n. (Old English) pers.n. Personal name

    ēg (Anglian) An island. In ancient settlement-names, most frequently refers to dry ground surrounded by marsh. Also used of islands in modern sense. In late OE names: well-watered land.

    A hook seems appropriate if it was a spear-phishing attack.

    [I can't find the derivation of the word 'derivation'. Like the old Steven Wright joke, "What's another word for thesaurus?"]

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