Thirty per cent of UK councils fell victim to ransomware attacks in 2015, according to a recent Freedom of Information request.

The request, made by security firm Avecto, found that companies were targeted by attacks in which some or all of the victim’s data is encrypted before the perpetrator demands payment in return for decrypting it.

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I am a journalist and author. I am a staff writer at the UK edition of WIRED magazine and in 2015 my book, Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. I created FOI Directory in 2012.