Cyber Attack & Data Breach List - May 2022

Eight UK cyber attacks and data breaches

There were a total of eight reported UK cyber attacks and data breaches in May, the same as last month.  Two of the attacks appear to be geopolitically motivated, with a possible Iranian sponsored attack on the Port of London, and a group of Russian hackers releasing emails from a pro Brexit campaign group.  As geopolitical temperatures continue to rise we can expect to see this trend continue throughout 2022.

Two schools were also attacked, one ransomware attack and one hacking incident, showing how unscrupulous criminal gangs are targeting education as a sector with a large amounts of personal data and a strong operational requirement to maintain services.

In May the eight UK data breaches and cyber attacks were in the following sectors:

  • Health & Social Care
  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation and Logistics
  • Government & Public Sector
  • Education

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01 May 2022

Sixt SE: Sixt contains cyber-attack - central IT systems up and running to ensure business continuity

Transportation and Logistics

Cyber Attacks - Hacking Incident

Sixt SE IT security detected IT irregularities on April 29th, 2022. Response measures were implemented immediately in accordance with pre-planned security protocols. Subsequently, it has been confirmed that Sixt SE was subject to a cyber-attack, which Sixt was able to contain at an early stage.

04 May 2022

Graham and Brown targeted in ‘brutal’ cyber attack


Cyber Attacks - Hacking Incident

THE personal details of hundreds of staff members at an East Lancashire company have been compromised in a sophisticated cyber-attack.

04 May 2022

Phishing operation hits NHS email accounts to harvest Microsoft credentials

Health and Social Care

Cyber Attacks - Phishing

A phishing operation compromised over one hundred UK National Health Service (NHS) employees' Microsoft Exchange email accounts for credential harvesting purposes, according to email security shop Inky.

11 May 2022

Cornwall Council data breach shares children's personal information online

Government and Public Sector

Data Breaches

Cornwall Council has apologised after it accidentally published confidential information relating to schoolchildren including their names, addresses and dates of birth. The council made the error when it published online documents for a meeting.

18 May 2022

Police probe launches as Carmel College hit by 'cyber attack'


Cyber Attacks - Hacking Incident

POLICE have launched an investigation after a sixth form college was targeted in a cyber attack.

24 May 2022

Port of London Authority hit by ‘politically motivated’ cyberattack

Transportation and Logistics

Cyber Attacks - Denial of Service

The Port of London Authority (PLA) fell victim to a cyberattack last night which has knocked its website offline.

25 May 2022

The De Montfort School in Evesham suffers ransomware-attack


Cyber Attacks - Ransomware

The De Montfort School has been the victim of a ransomware attack, which has affected all of the school's IT systems including the website as well as phone and email lines.

26 May 2022

Hard Brexit plans by ex-MI6 chief hacked and leaked by Russians

Government and Public Sector

Cyber Attacks - Hacking Incident

A group of Russian hackers is believed to be behind the release of a cache of emails obtained from a former director of MI6 and other Brexiters unhappy with Theresa May’s failure to negotiate a “clean” EU exit deal.

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Bob Nicolson | Head of Consultancy

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