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January 10, 2023: UK Manufacturer, Morgan Advanced Materials Hit in Cyberattack

UK manufacturing firm, Morgan Advanced Materials plc said Tuesday it is investigating and managing a “cybersecurity incident after detecting unauthorized activity on its network.”
“Upon becoming aware of the incident, the company immediately launched an investigation, engaged its specialist support services and has implemented its incident response plans,” the company said in a notice filed with the London Stock Exchange.
“Precautionary measures have been taken within its IT infrastructure to contain the incident and actions are being taken to remediate and restore systems,” the company said.

December 20, 2022: The Guardian Closes Offices after Cyberattack

The Global IT system at The Guardian newspaper was hit by a ransomware attack on December 20. Offices are closed to “reduce the strain” on the company’s networks. All workers were told to work remotely until at least January 23.

May 31, 2014: Marriott System Breach Undetected for 4 Years (2014 to 2018)

The first part of the cyber-attack happened in 2014, affecting the Starwood Hotels group, which was acquired by Marriott two years later. But until 2018, when the problem was first noticed, the attacker continued to have access to all affected systems. On that basis, the ICO said Marriott had failed to protect personal data as required by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) dined Marriott hotel 18.4 Million pounds for the data breach.

June 22, 2022: Millions of Yodel Customers in UK Face Parcel Delivery Delays

Yodel, a UK courier service was hacked forcing systems to shut down. Critical operating systems including delivery tracking, customer service helpline and apps used by drivers were all affected, The Sun reports. Experts at the National Crime Agency were brought in to assist. Experts believed it was a ransomware attack but this has not been confirmed at this time.

A source close to Yodel told The Sun: "It's a complete disaster, the hack has affected every digital part of the business. Nobody is getting a parcel anytime soon."

June 27, 2017: Britain’s Ad Agency WPP Hit by a Cyberattack

Britain’s WPP, the world’s biggest advertising agency, said on Tuesday it had been hit by a cyber attack. WPP Plc’s Chief Executive Officer Martin Sorrell, at a Bloomberg event in Davos half a year later stated: "WPP shut down all its systems when it was hacked and communicated internally on an hourly basis", Sorrell said. Several weeks before WPP has hacked, a WannaCry ransomware attack infected more than 300,000 computers across 150 countries. Microsoft Corp. and others responded quickly by providing software updates, including to WPP, but to no avail, Sorrell said. “Those patches couldn’t stop the malware attack that we had in June".

June 27, 2017: Household Products Giant Reckitt Benckiser Attacked by NotPetya

Household products giant Reckitt Benckiser has said last month's malware cyber-attack could lead to a permanent loss of revenue. The attack disrupted manufacturing and ordering systems at the company, whose products include Nurofen and Dettol. Although it had "largely contained" the attack, Reckitt said the disruption meant like-for-like revenue growth in the second quarter would be down 2%. It also said it expected to lose "some further revenue permanently"

September 1, 2020: Ryuk Ransomware Attack Reported Cost Universal Health Services (UHS) an Estimated $67 Million

Universal Health Services (UHS), one of the largest healthcare services provider shut down systems at healthcare facilities around the U.S. after a cyberattack hit its networks. UHS managed to restore most affected systems and hospital operations systems during late-October. UHS said that the Ryuk ransomware attack had an estimated impact of $67 million. In October 2020, the U.S. government warned of Ryuk ransomware attacks against healthcare industry organizations including hospitals and healthcare providers.

October 22, 2020: Covid vaccine-maker Dr Reddy Laboratories hit by cyber-attack

Pharmaceutical company Dr Reddy's, which is developing a Covid-19 vaccine, stated it has been hit by a cyber-attack. Sites around the world have been affected, including those in the UK, Brazil, India, Russia and the US. The India-based company said it had isolated all of its data centre services to contain the attack. The attack came only days after the pharmaceutical company was gearing up for a phase 2/3 clinical trial of Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine, dubbed Sputnik V, after gaining the trial go-ahead from Indian regulators last week.

August 15, 2022: UK Water Utility Suffers Cyberattack

Customers have been assured there is safe drinking water after South Staffordshire PLC, the parent company of South Staffs Water and Cambridge Water in the UK, fell victim to a cyberattack Monday.
The company supplies 330 million liters of drinking water to 1.6 million customers.
“This incident has not affected our ability to supply safe water and we can confirm we are still supplying safe water to all of our Cambridge Water and South Staffs Water customers," the company said in a statement. "This is thanks to the robust systems and controls over water supply and quality we have in place at all times as well as the quick work of our teams to respond to this incident and implement the additional measures we have put in place on a precautionary basis."

August 4, 2022: NHS 111 Emergency Line Hit by Cyberattack

A cyberattack at UK company Advanced causing a software outage affected NHS 111 digital services. The attack targeted Adastra clinical patient management software. Adastra is used to refer patients for care, including ambulances being dispatched, out-of-hours appointment bookings and emergency prescriptions. Advanced has indicated the issue might not be fully resolved until next week. According to NHS England, 111 services are still available. However, the Welsh Ambulance Service has warned that 111 calls may take longer to answer. In addition, NHS England warned that GPs could see an increase in the number of patients.

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