The City of Edinburgh Council has revealed that its computer records have come under a cyber attack this week.

According to a report by STV, hackers launched an attack on the council's computer records that contained details of Edinburgh residents seeking debt advice. According to datalossdb, a total of 8,745 records were accessed, although the council said that there is no evidence to suggest that personal details have been used; the council has written to affected customers to apologise.

The council also said that no other systems were affected. The incident was detected by maintenance contractors, and the council has informed the Information Commissioner and reported the incident to Lothian and Borders Police.

A spokesperson said: “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.”