Bad Actor Targets Stonnington City Council In Cyberattack

Australian Cybersecurity Magazine -

By Staff Writer

A cyberattack by an undisclosed “international agent” has forced Melbourne’s Stonnington City Council to shut down many of its online systems.

The attack occurred on Friday, August 27. Online services, including payment systems and the ePlanning portal, remain offline. The shutdown has also required some council staff to take annual leave.

Stonnington City Council serves around 104,000 ratepayers in Melbourne’s well-heeled inner east and bayside suburbs.

“We’re deeply concerned about it. An international agent has come and infiltrated our systems, and we’re working with the State and Federal Governments. We’ve closed our systems down,” Council CEO Jacqui Weatherill told Channel 7 News.

Stonnington’s website says online services remain temporarily unavailable. ”We are experiencing an IT issue, first detected over the weekend during maintenance work,” the Council’s website reads. “We are working tirelessly to rectify the situation.”

Local media outlet The Stonnington Leader is reporting the

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