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Gloucester City Council was attacked by Russian hackers after an innocent-looking email turned out to be something much more sinister.

On December 20, 2021, having expected to receive a message from a supplier, the workers were fooled as the email contained a “dangerous payload” which slithered past their defence systems and infected the network.

The “very sophisticated” cyber attack, thought to have been executed by a now-disbanded group of Russian cybercriminals, had a significant impact on council services in the city, reports GloucestershireLive.

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Due to the disruption, benefits payments, planning applications and house sales were delayed, while councillors were rendered unable to email outside organisations.

An innocent-looking email turned out to be something much more sinister (stock)(Image: AFP via Getty Images)

Speaking on the incident, Managing Director Jon McGinty revealed that the ransomware infected the council’s system after one of his officers opened an email they were expecting from a supply chain company.

To everyone’s dismay malware infested the computer system, allowing the Russians to spend a month “skulking around” the council’s IT systems before pulling the trigger on their attack in December.

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