The Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) has announced it has been hit by a cyberattack.
In a statement, the PFEW said it was alerted to a malware attack by the security systems at its HQ on Saturday, March 9 and immediate steps were put in place to isolate this and reduce the risk of spread.
All indications so far are that it did not spread to any branches and although there has been some disruption to services, the organisation said it worked hard to ensure minimal impact on day-to-day business.
The statement said: “A number of our systems were affected and we are working hard with cyberexperts to restore systems and ascertain the extent to which data has been made unavailable.
“At this stage, we have found no evidence that any data has been extracted from PFEW’s systems. However, as a precaution we are contacting individuals who are potentially affected, including our members, and will be providing them with further helpful information, including as to how they can make enquiries.”
The incident has been reported to the National Cyber Security Centre, the Information Commissioner and the National Crime Agency, who are leading a criminal investigation.