Cyberattack hits three English councils at once, as outsourcer Civica denies blame (


Three councils in England have announced they were affected by a cyberattack which has forced them to take down multiple online services.

The councils for Canterbury, Dover and Thanet in Kent, on England’s southeastern coast — with a combined population of just under 500,000 — appear to have been impacted by a single incident.

A spokesperson for the National Cyber Security Centre told Recorded Future News they were “working with the affected councils to fully understand the impact of an incident.”

Stephen Robinson, a senior threat intelligence analyst at cybersecurity company WithSecure, noted that the three councils all outsource their IT and HR services to the company Civica through the East Kent Services partnership, whose website is currently down.

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