Council email account hacked as contacts receive spam message

PUBLISHED: 08:00 19 October 2019

Portishead Folk Hall. Picture: Google

Portishead Folk Hall. Picture: Google

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A council has apologised for 'inconvenience or distress' after a staff email account was hacked.

Portishead Town Council's town clerk email address was 'compromised' on October 7, with all contacts sent a spam email which urged recipients to open an invoice.

A spokesman for the town council said: "It appears that the town clerk email has been compromised and an email has been sent from that account to all contacts in its address book.

"The email refers to an invoice and links to a site that reports to be related to the town council.

"Please delete the email without clicking on the link.

"We apologise for any inconvenience or distress this may have caused.

"We are investigating the cause and taking steps to prevent anything like this happening in future."

The town council has been without a clerk since Andrea Durn left her post in August to pursue 'opportunities closer to home'.

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