March 22, 2019
UK’s Police Federation Hit By Ransomware
The Police Federation of England and Wales have become a victim to a cyber attack, which hit on Monday 9th March. It is said to have encrypted a number of its servers and databases, making their data and emails unaccessible. Unfortunately their backups have also been deleted. "A number of our systems were affected and we are working hard with cyber experts to restore systems and ascertain the extent to which data has been made unavailable," explained the Police Federation.
There is no evidence at this stage to suggest any of the data has been extracted from their systems, however the encrypted database does contain information about Police Federation members, therefore they will be taking precautions to ensure any individuals who could be affected will be contacted, "Our priority has been to mitigate the damage caused by the attack and to protect the personal data of our members and others whose data we hold," John Apter, national chair of the PFEW.
Cyber attacks such as these are extremely unpredictable, so it is vital you have a business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) plan in place. In this case, the Police Federation also had their backups deleted. Thankfully, there are alternatives which enable you to not solely rely on your local backups when disaster strikes. Datto Cloud Virtualisation enables backups to be replicated off the device and securely stored in the cloud, nearly eliminating business downtime.
To learn more about you can do to protect your business against cyber attacks and how to win the war on ransomware, why not check out our latest European Ransomware Report.