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Balonne Shire Council Targeted in Cyber Attack



Balonne Shire Council Targeted in Cyber Attack


Balonne Shire Council are working with their cyber security providers to manage an email cyber-attack and are urging all customers and residents to be vigilant when opening unsolicited emails from Council.


“We have taken immediate steps to manage this incident and enhance the resilience of our networks” said Balonne Shire Mayor Samantha O’Toole.  “Cyber security is everyone’s responsibility, it’s important that we all take the time to maintain and update our anti-virus software.”


Anyone receiving an unsolicited email from Balonne Shire Council should contact Council on 07 4620 8888 immediately, to verify its legitimacy. 

Any links or attachments found in emails should not be clicked or opened.


This attack follows a warning from the Prime Minister on Friday that the Australian Government is aware of, and responding to, a sustained targeting of Australian governments and companies by a sophisticated state-based actor. 


Residents and customers can find out more at

Stay Smart Online 


Anyone receiving an email they are suspicious of or if they feel they have been the victim of a cyber-attack should report it to the

Australian Cyber Security Centre


For more information;

Balonne Shire Mayor Samantha O’Toole; m: 0428 887 100, e: Samantha.O'Toole@balonne.qld.gov.au


Published: 23rd June 2020

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