Devon town council hacked

A town council in Devon has been held to ransom by hackers demanding £3,000 in return for public data.

The hack resulted after a clerk at Tiverton Town Council mistakenly opened a ‘phishing’ email which carried a trojan virus, enabling it to be uploaded onto the council’s computer system.

The virus captured a number of the council’s documents, dating back to 2015, but did not affect financial or planning records.

The clerk involved claimed the data could be unblocked in exchange for £3,000, but refused to pay it.

Commenting on the hack, the clerk said: “Its unfortunate that the back-up system, which we thought was pumping away and backing everything up, seemed to also have lost life, so there’s quite a bit of stuff we’ve got to do.

“We’ll look to the future to see how we can improve things. And naturally we’ve brought in better back-up systems. But it’s a little bit like shutting the gate after the horse has bolted.

“I think its a warning to everyone."

Event Diary

It is no mystery that there is a huge task at hand to solve the growing problems of waste, inefficient resources, and the disposal of hazardous materials as our communities develop.

You are invited to this unique annual exhibition that brings together all the disciplines from the emergency services sector who are involved in prevention, response and recovery. 

Supplier Profiles