The Edinburgh City Council has reported a cyber attack on law enforcement, under which hackers have accessed records of those who sought the council's help for debt advice.
The council, which has already informed the Information Commissioner, said the cyber attack was ‘massive' and had compromised users' financial details.
It has advised people who had used its service to keep track of their credit card and bank account activity. The Edinburgh council said it had taken measures to increase security on its networks to protect people that have been affected by the cyber attack.
According to an article on Press Association, the council says it has seen no evidence that the financial details stolen have been misused, but has nonetheless warned customers.
"This is a serious crime that could have potentially damaging consequences if individuals' identities are stolen and used. We have advised people to be vigilant and to check their bank and credit card statements very carefully for unusual transactions," the council said in a statement.
The council has contacted the CIFAS, which works to prevent fraud in financial institutions.