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Council fined £100k over Heartbleed cyberattack

Council fined £100k over Heartbleed cyberattack

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A council has been fined £100,000 by the data watchdog after its employees' personal information was compromised in a hacking attack.Taking advantage of a software flaw in Gloucester City Council's website, the attacker downloaded more than 30,000 emails from the council's mailboxes.These email messages contained financial and sensitive information about council staff, according to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).The ICO, the UK's data regulator, said the hacker exploited the Heartbleed security bug - which had been widely reported on and patched months prior to the attack.Heartbleed was publicly disclosed in April 2014 and was described as "catastrophic" by a number of security researchers and led to warnings from government agencies around the world.The bug affected OpenSSL, ...