Critical Systems Restored at English Council Following Ransomware Attack
St Helens Borough Council in northwest England has recovered most of its services after a suspected ransomware attack. The attack, which occurred in August, caused disruptions to the council's IT systems and services. It is part of a trend of increasing ransomware incidents affecting local government authorities in the UK. Residents were warned to be cautious of phishing emails and the council is working with cyber security specialists to resolve the incident. The council had previously stated that it had robust measures in place against cyberattacks. The attack impacted various services, including safeguarding and fostering.