Prolonged effects of Cyberattack on City of Leicester almost Two Months after Initial Attack

June 25, 2024

INCIDENT

The council disabled its phone and computer systems on 7 March after a "cyber incident". The issue lead to prolonged disruption:
-BBC reports on April 3; 25 stolen documents had been posted online but now a "much larger batch" has been released. Council bosses said the attack on its systems was "highly sophisticated".
The council said its IT networks were now back online and that a known ransomware group was responsible.
-BBC reports on April 23 : wider effects of the cyberattack continue to show, including a number of street lights that are staying on during the day. "This means we are currently not able to remotely identify faults in the street lighting system. A number of steps are required to resolve the problem, and we are working through these as quickly as we can." says a city council spokesperson.

INC Ransom claimed responsibility for the attack.

Incident Date

March 7, 2024

Estimated Cost

data breach, disconnected fault detection system connected to street lights.

Type of Malware

No Malware identified

Threat Source