Canada: Cyberattaques: The city of Caen in turn touched

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after the hospital in Corbeil-Essonnes, the city of Caen is at its Tour affected by a cyber attack which notably disrupts civil status, but the data from the community do not seem to have been reached and no ransom has been requested.

"The town hall is currently the victim of a cyber attack. The services operate in degraded mode", warned at the end of the morning a poster at the entrance to the civil status services almost deserted by the public, noted a journalist 'AFP.

Inside, the staff were present but "we cannot access everything that is IT," said an employee. It is therefore impossible to make an appointment for a passport request or to record its fingerprints.

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"Cyber-attack in progress. Internet connections, messaging and applications will not be accessible from this day. Leave your PC off", could be read a little further on another poster.

The websites of the city (106,000 inhabitants), the Caen-la-Mer agglomeration (260,000), museums, libraries, theater, the Caen Conservatory were also inaccessible to the public on Tuesday.

"This is a real difficulty but it is not the end of the world," said Joël Bruneau, the mayor LR, during a press conference at the town hall while three floors above He has been around ten employees in "crisis cell".

Certainly "you cannot pay your canteen on the internet" but "schools and nurseries are open. City cleaning will be ensured, city safety is ensured," argued the elected official. Deaths of death and birth can be released, he said.

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According to the director of computer systems of the city Hélène Drieu, the town hall did not receive a ransom request.

"From the moment the data was not quantified, there is no ransom request," said Ms. Drieu. This is "the reassuring point," said Bruneau.

Have the pirates had access to data? "Normally no," replied Ms. Drieu, "but we have to invest more because they could also have, before quantifying them, capture data".

- "Practically by chance" -

The attack occurred on Monday around 2:30 p.m. on Monday. "We monitor regularly. We logged in practically by chance, at 3:30 p.m. and there we realized that servers had abnormal operations," said the manager.

"We then isolated all the infrastructure. This is why the apps do not work: we have to investigate and put security back on our infrastructure," she continued.

The pirates "started to deploy" on the servers "the software" which allows them, once it is completely installed, to "quantify all the data in 40 minutes", but they could not go to At the end, according to Ms. Drieu.

A service provider is currently supporting the town hall. "It may be five days, ten days of performance but it will not be a huge cost," she said.

The city claims to know where the attack comes from but keeps this information for the police with which it will file a complaint.

Sunday, IT pirates authors of an attack on the Corbeil-Essonnes hospital in August, which demanded a ransom of $ 10 million, carried out their threats by disclosing stolen health information.

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