Cyber-attacks

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Cathay Pacific data breach hits 9.4m passengers

The Hong Kong-based airline didn't disclose the hack for months
More than nine million customers of the airline Cathay Pacific have had their personal information, including passport numbers and credit card details, stolen by hackers. Identity card numbers, physical addresses and emails were stolen too. 

Cathay Pacific says there's no evidence any personal information has been misused. But what's raising eyebrows is that the airline first discovered suspicious activity on its system back in March, but has only now chosen to make the hack public.

Computer security expert Graham Cluley says an announcement should have been made earlier.

Cyber attack on Cumbrian council could cost £2m

Local Democracy Reporting Service

John Connell

Copeland Borough Council says it estimates the bill to put right the damage caused by a cyber attack on its computer systems last year could reach £2m.

The Copeland Centre
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It's expecting work to last until next March, after hackers in August 2017 encrypted most of the council's files in just three days, and demanded a ransom to allow the council to get access to them.

The council's chief executive says it's sharing its experience with other councils, training staff, redesigning networks, and storing key documents online instead of on its own systems.

And she says the situation was very serious indeed:

"This was a sustained resourced professional attack. This wasn't a spotty kid in a bedroom. It was an interstate attack. We will never know if we were targeted because we host the largest nuclear site in Europe and are home to 80 per cent of the UK's nuclear waste... Other councils... are still unprepared for this. If you think of your worst nightmare and multiply it by three you start to get a picture of where we were."

Pat GrahamChief executive, Copeland Borough Council