Denial of service attacks on GLA websites

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-09-16
Session date: 
September 16, 2015
Reference: 
2015/2593
Question By: 
Andrew Boff
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Recently the National Crime Agency's website was a victim of a denial of service attack which resulted in it being forced offline for around 90 minutes. Have there been any attempts to carry out denial of service attacks on any website operated by the GLA, if so how many? Also - what work has been conducted to prevent such attacks from taking place, and being successful?

Answer

Answer for Denial of service attacks on GLA websites

Answer for Denial of service attacks on GLA websites

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The GLA, along with a number of other Government organisations, was subjected to a Denial of Service attack on 21at August 2012 - which resulted in the GLA web-site not being available for 90 minutes during the night.

Following this, security for the web-site was reviewed and an enhanced cloud-based firewall service implemented to protect our web-services. There have been no successful attacks since then.