Local councils in the UK suffered 98 million cyber attacks since 2013: Report

Local councils across the UK suffered as many as 98 million cyber attacks in the last five years, resulting in 376 cyber incidents in total, a report from privacy group Big Brother Watch has revealed.

Local councils are collecting more information about citizens than ever before, yet they fail to provide cyber security training to employees and do not report all breaches to authorities.

The eye-opening report reveals that local councils in the UK suffered an average of 37 cyber attacks every minute between 2013 and 2017, thereby signifying the extraordinary threat posed to them by cybercriminals looking to steal large troves of customer data from their servers.