Cyber Attack & Data Breach List - February 2022

Ten UK cyber attacks and data breaches

February saw the UK Government and public sector suffer two cyber attacks and two data breaches, continuing the ongoing trend of government agencies coming under increasing cyber crime pressure. Of note here the Ukrainian embassy suffered a cyber attack in the early days of the Russian invasion, part of an ongoing cyber warfare campaign.

In addition there were two data breaches within Health & Social Care, signalling that more care still should be taken by organisations who regularly handle personal data and health records in order to avoid data breach accidents.

Meanwhile Citibank was targeted in a phishing campaign, illustrating that email attacks and social engineering are still both popular and effective attack vectors, even against cyber mature industries such as financial services.

These contributed to an overall total of ten cyber and data incidents across the month in the UK, the highest total yet in 2022.

The following sectors were impacted:

  • Government & Public Sector
  • Health & Social Care
  • Manufacturing
  • Education
  • Financial Services

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01 Feb 2022

British Council Students' Data Exposed in Major Breach

Government and Public Sector

Data Breaches

Hundreds of thousands of British Council students had their personal and login details exposed in a worrying data breach

01 Feb 2022

Data breach as Corby vaccine trial participants’ details inadvertently shared in email gaffe

Health and Social Care

Data Breaches

A Corby medical research team has apologised after those taking part in the town’s Covid vaccine trial inadvertently had their details shared.

03 Feb 2022

KP Snacks hack prompts crisp and nut supplies warning

Manufacturing

Cyber Attacks - Ransomware

Shops have been warned deliveries of nuts and crisps could be at risk, after KP Snacks was hit by ransomware.

08 Feb 2022

Foreign Office target of 'serious cyber incident'

Government and Public Sector

Cyber Attacks - Hacking Incident

The UK's Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) was the target of a "serious cyber-security incident", it has emerged.

10 Feb 2022

Cyber attack on a college in the UK

Education

Cyber Attacks - Hacking Incident

Between 8th & 12th January 2022 Milton Keynes College Group was subjected to a sophisticated cyber-attack designed to copy data and access College systems.

20 Feb 2022

Tens of thousands of NHS patients' private medical information leaked in shocking data breach

Health and Social Care

Data Breaches

Private medical information about tens of thousands of NHS patients has been leaked in a shocking data breach

21 Feb 2022

Four serious breaches reported by Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council

Government and Public Sector

Data Breaches

A COUNCIL reported four serious personal data breaches to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) last year.

25 Feb 2022

Citibank customers targeted by wide-ranging phishing campaign

Financial Services

Cyber Attacks - Phishing

Email phishing campaign tries to steal Citibank customer credentials with fake banking notifications

28 Feb 2022

Isle of Man kettle-parts firm hit by cyber attack

Manufacturing

Cyber Attacks - Hacking Incident

An Isle of Man firm which makes kettle safety controls has said it has been hit by a cyber attack "of Russian origin".

28 Feb 2022

Cyberattack on the Ukrainian Embassy in London

Government and Public Sector

Cyber Attacks - Hacking Incident

THE UKRAINIAN Embassy in London has been cyber-attacked amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

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Bob Nicolson | Head of Consultancy

bob.nicolson@nicolsonbray.com

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