Systems and phones now restored

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All phones and systems have now been restored following the recent cyber incident.

Our Customer Experience team will continue to work through all enquiries and phones calls received during the outage.

We thank you for your continued patience and understanding.

We can now confirm that the outage was caused by a cyber incident that effectively locked Council’s core network servers. As a result, we have been unable to access some of our key systems, emails and landlines. We understand other organisations had also been impacted by the same incident.

We would like to assure you that Council data, including customer records, has not been compromised as a result of this incident.

Over the past few days we’ve been conducting extensive forensic research with industry experts to identify the cause, nature and extent of this incident. Work is continuing to test and restore our systems as quickly and as safely as possible.

Thanks for your continued patience and understanding as we work to rectify this issue.

Frequently Asked Questions

What happened?

On Wednesday, 11 November, Council was hit by a cyber incident (hacking) which has impacted our network system and server.

Was private customer data accessed?

We have conducting extensive forensic research with industry experts to identify the cause, nature and extent of the incident. We are confident that the private data of our community members remains safe.

Why are systems still offline?

We’re taking a very safe and measured approach with restoring our systems, ensuring that only authorised people have access to information and that enhanced security measures are in place to prevent a similar incident happening in future.

Email has now been restored and customers can again contact us at [email protected]

Are Council’s Community Links still open?

Yes. All of our Community Links (Lilydale, Healesville, Yarra Junction, Monbulk and Upwey) are open for community members. Some services may not be available due to the network outage, but we are still able to process payments and will try to help with any enquiries you may have.

I had a rates payment due that hasn’t come out of my account – what is happening with rates payments?

Due to technical issues, Council was unable to process the scheduled fortnightly rate direct debit for customers who pay this way (scheduled for Friday 13 November).

Scheduled payments were instead direct debited on 18 November 2020.

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