Just announced yesterday, the U.K. Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) survey headquarters had been hit with a cyberattack – the ransomware encrypting computer email systems and databases and deleting backup data.
The attack occurred on March 9 and affected this headquarters solely – consisting of approximately 119,000 police officers – as a statement provided by the Federation revealed how 43 branches spread throughout the U.K. and Wales were not affected.
In a tweet yesterday morning, the Police Federation explains how “[t]here is no evidence at this stage that any data was extracted from our systems but this cannot be discounted.”
Officers of the National Cyber Crime Unit have begun their investigation and are in contact with PFEW to determine the nature of the attack and the extent of damage. According to the PFEW, the attack was likely done as part of a much larger campaign set to cause further havoc.
The incident was reported to the data protection regulator in the U.K. within three days as part of European ordinance, although the PFEW announced the attack 12 days after it first occurred.