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St Helens Council cyber attack caused substantial disruption

St Helens Council in North West England experienced a ransomware cyber attack in August, causing considerable disruption and compromising key systems. Attackers extracted and transferred data to the cloud. A comprehensive recovery plan is underway, with an action plan designed to restore normal operations. Future improvements in security will be based on lessons learned from this incident. The Information Commissioner’s Office has expressed satisfaction with the Council’s resolution of the matter and doesn’t plan to take enforcement action.

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