UK Cyber Attacks & Data Breaches List - October 2022

Nine UK cyber attacks and data breaches

Another big month for data breaches and cyber attacks in the UK, with nine being reported. Whilst Liz Truss is no longer Prime Minister, it must be slightly embarrassing that two of them directly relate to her mobile phone.  

According to the Mail on Sunday at the start of the month Truss’ mobile phone number was being sold online, along with a number of other former cabinet ministers.  And of course there have been new revelations that her phone was suspected of being hacked by Russian secret services.  Let’s be frank, none of this looks good for our own intelligence services either.  At a time of heightened threat this is embarrassing all round.

In October the nine UK data breaches and cyber attacks were in the following sectors:

  • Public sector, defence and government
  • Education
  • Financial services
  • Retail and wholesale trade

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03 Oct 2022

‘Phenomenal Security Breach’ As New U.K. Prime Minister Liz Truss’ Mobile Phone Number Leaked

Data Breaches

A Mail on Sunday (MoS) investigation, has discovered that the current mobile phone number of the new U.K. Prime Minister is being sold online.

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03 Oct 2022

School hit by ‘IT incident’ launches investigation


Cyber Attacks - Hacking Incident

One of most Gloucestershire's prestigious schools says it has launched an investigation into an “IT incident” that has caused it major problems. Pate’s Grammar School in Cheltenham says its main phone line and IT systems are not working.

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09 Oct 2022

Lloyd's of London reboots after dodgy network activity detected

Financial Services

Cyber Attacks - Hacking Incident

Lloyd's of London has reset its IT systems and is probing a possible cyberattack against it after detecting worrisome network behavior this week.

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18 Oct 2022

Kingfisher confirms its IT systems were breached

Financial Services

Data Breaches

Kingfisher Insurance said that some of the company’s IT systems were accessed by an unauthorized third party.

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21 Oct 2022

Pendragon being held to $60m ransom by dark web hackers

Retail and Wholesale Trade

Cyber Attacks - Ransomware

Dealer group Pendragon is currently the subject of a cyberattack and is being held to a $60m (£54m) ransom by hackers.

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25 Oct 2022

A HIGH school in Hereford has been the victim of a cyber attack, its headteacher has said.


Cyber Attacks - Hacking Incident

The Bishop of Hereford's Bluecoat School, in Hampton Dene Road, had its systems interrupted as cyber criminals launched the attack.
Headteacher Martin Henton said the Tupsley school, with around 1,000 pupils, "had the unfortunate experience" of a cyber attack earlier in October.

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27 Oct 2022

Bristol City Council apologises for data breach in response to Clean Air Zone applications

Data Breaches

Bristol City Council has apologised after a data breach relating to Clean Air Zone applications. The incident - which saw around one hundred people's email addresses being disclosed in a mass send-out - has been referred to the Information Commissioner’s Office.

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28 Oct 2022

Lincoln Christmas Market Facebook page hacked as council issues warning to public

Cyber Attacks - Hacking Incident

The official Facebook page for the Lincoln Christmas Market has been hacked and City of Lincoln Council is urging people not to engage with any posts. The page has been renamed 'Data Center - Business Pages User' and multiple posts have been published with a link to an unknown website.

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30 Oct 2022

Truss phone was hacked by suspected Putin agents when she was foreign minister, the Daily Mail reports

Cyber Attacks - Hacking Incident

Former British Prime Minister Liz Truss's personal phone was hacked by suspected agents working for Russian President Vladimir Putin when she was foreign minister, the Daily Mail reported on Saturday.

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