British Council Struck by Two Ransomware Attacks in Five Years

British Council Struck by Two Ransomware Attacks in Five Years

A major UK public body has fallen victim to two successful ransomware attacks over the past five years, official figures have shown.

The data, obtained from a freedom of information (FoI) request by the Parliament Street think tank, revealed that the British Council suffered a total of 12 days of downtime due to the incidents; five days in the first and seven in the second. No ransom was paid in either incident.

The British Council is a non-departmental public organization that aims to connect people in the UK and other countries through culture, education and the English language. The official data also revealed that the body experienced a further six unsuccessful ransomware attacks over the five years. In these cases, either the ransomware was detected and blocked, or the malware was not deployed on the endpoint.

There have been numerous ransomware incidents impacting UK public bodies in recent years. These include damaging attacks on Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council and Hackney Council in 2020. This weekend, it was reported that the notorious Clop ransomware gang published confidential data held by UK police on the dark web following an attack on an IT service provider.

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