Met's public website

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-12-14
Session date: 
December 14, 2016
Reference: 
2016/4875
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Part of the Met's public website was disrupted as thousands of masked protesters converged on central London in early November for the Million Mask March organised by hacking group Anonymous. What was the cause of this and what is being done to prevent it in future?

Answer

Answer for Met's public website

Answer for Met's public website

Answered By: 
The Mayor

An aspect of the MPS's public website was disrupted in an attempted Denial of Service Attack. 

As a result, the MPS news site was unavailable for a short period of time. An alternative MPS News web address was used and worked with no issues, which meant the MPS was able to maintain a news service.

The important requirement is the ability to rapidly detect any attack, contain it and take appropriate action - which is what the MPS did.