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Minor cyber-attacks

This Freedom of Information request concerns minor cyber-attacks on computers

FOI16660– Request for information


Thank you for your email of 3 April 16, requesting the following information from Ordnance Survey in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000:

I would like to know how many attempts - successful  or non-successful - minor cyber-attacks have been carried out on departmental computers over the past three years: 2013, 2014 and 2015.

I want to know about the following types of attacks:

  • DDoS (Direct Denial of Service)
  • Adware 
  • Phishing 
  • Tampering 
  • Spoofing
  • Bluejacking
  • Password attack

Our response

I can confirm that Ordnance Survey is unable to help you with your enquiry as we do not hold this information. 

Internal review

Your enquiry has been processed according to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000. If you are unhappy with our response, you may request an internal review with our FOI Internal Review Officer, by contacting them as follows:

FOI Internal Review Officer
Customer Service Centre
Ordnance Survey
Adanac Drive
SO16 0AS


Please include the reference number above. You may request an internal review where you believe Ordnance Survey has:

  • Failed to respond to your request within the time limits (normally 20 working days)
  • Failed to tell you whether or not we hold the information
  • Failed to provide the information you have requested
  • Failed to explain the reasons for refusing a request
  • Failed to correctly apply an exemption or exception

The FOI Internal Review Officer will not have been involved in the original decision. They will conduct an independent internal review and will inform you of the outcome of the review normally within 20 working days, but exceptionally within 40 working days, in line with the Information Commissioner’s guidance.

The FOI Internal Review Officer will either: uphold the original decision, provide an additional explanation of the exemption/s applied or release further information, if it is considered appropriate to do so.

Appeal to Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)
If, following the outcome of the internal review you remain unhappy with our response, you may raise an appeal with the Information Commissioner’s Office at:

The Case Reception Unit
Customer Service Team
The Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane


Telephone helpline: 0303 123 1113 or 01625 545745 for advice, Monday to Friday.

Thank you for your enquiry.