A Cumbrian council has said it will “never know” whether it was the target of a cyber attack because it is host to the Sellafield nuclear waste plant.
Copeland Borough Council has revealed that an attack on its systems in August 2017 has cost it about £2m. The hack locked staff out of a number of council services, including payroll, planning and environmental health. The authority said it had brought in experts to better protect the authority from any future attack.
Copeland, Islington and Salisbury councils were all targeted in the Bank Holiday cyber attack, in which hackers demanded a bitcoin ransom to regain access to encrypted files. No sensitive data was taken.
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