UK Cyber Attacks & Data Breaches List - July 2022

Four UK cyber attacks and data breaches

There were a total of four reported UK cyber attacks and data breaches in July.  Of particular note were a series of data breaches at five schools and a six form college, where the data of thousands of British school children were posted online after the schools refused to pay a ransom.  It is understood that the hacker group, known as Vice, posted the information on the dark web.  Vice have recently been involved in cyber attacks on SPAR and the Italian city of Palermo.

Of a less serious nature, the Twitter and YouTube channels of the British Army suffered a cyber attack, and were both briefly hijacked in order to promote crypto events and NFTs. Whilst both accounts were presumably low security, cyber attacks of this nature may point to lax security measures being in place, and of course also have a negative impact on the Army’s reputation.  An investigation is under way to determine the control weakness which led to the success of the attack.

In July the four data breaches and cyber attacks were in the following sectors:

  • Food, drink & accommodation
  • Public sector, defence and government
  • Education
  • Professional and technical services

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03 Jul 2022

Hackers leak private data of thousands of children to the dark web

Education

Data Breaches

Thousands of children at risk from grooming gangs as hackers leak their private details to the dark web.

04 Jul 2022

Army's YouTube and Twitter accounts hacked

Communication and Media

Cyber Attacks - Hacking Incident

The British Army says it is investigating after its Twitter and YouTube accounts were hacked.

07 Jul 2022

Marriott International data breach

Data Breaches

The company has confirmed a data breach to a database they say contains information on up to approximately 500 million guests worldwide who made a reservation at a Starwood property.

30 Jul 2022

Confidential data held by a Derby legal firm copied in a cyber attack

Professional and Technical Services

Data Breaches

Confidential data held by a Derby legal firm has been accessed in a cyber attack. Clients' personal details were among the data hacked, it is understood.

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Bob Nicolson | Head of Consultancy

bob.nicolson@nicolsonbray.com

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