Thousands of emails stolen in cyber attack on Edinburgh Council

Over 13,000 email addresses, including 400 from staff, have been stolen from Edinburgh City Council following a cyber attack.

Those who have been affected have received communications informing them that their email addresses have been leaked following an attack on the council’s database.

The council has stated that no other personal information was taken during the attack.

A council spokesperson said: “This was a malicious cyber attack on the council’s website which is hosted in a UK data centre. It was dealt with swiftly and at no point were any council services affected.

We are contacting everyone who has been affected to inform them of the incident and offer them advice and support. We have reassured individuals that the only details that have been accessed are their email addresses.

The Information Commissioner’s Office has been informed and preventative measures have been taken by the web service providers.

We want to reassure the public the ongoing security of our website is critically important, and we continue to work with our service providers to ensure that the risks associated with attacks are dealt with.”

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