Ransomware Encrypts UK Police Union Data

2019, Breaches, March

Who: Hampshire’s Police Federation

# of Accounts Breached: Nearly 120,000 officers.

What was affected: A number of databases.

When it happened: March 21, 2019

How it happened: At approximately 2.45pm on 21 March 2019, the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) was subjected to a multi-pronged, sustained cyber-attack.

Outcome: There is no evidence as yet that data has been taken and the Federation is working with cyber-crime experts to establish full facts and stabilize the situation. As per the first attack, a number of databases and systems were affected and everything was immediately locked down by the Federation itself with support from BAE Systems (who were on site at the time) to stop any further spread. ‘As a result, web, ​and email services are currently unavailable.’
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has been informed.

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