The town hall of Lille targeted by a cyberattack, an investigation is underway

The town hall of Lille targeted by a cyberattack, an investigation is underway

The city of Lille is affected by a cyberattack. Municipal services are disrupted. An investigation is underway.

The city of Lille has published a press release on March 1, indicating that a cyberattack disrupts several services of the municipality. The town hall has taken security measures to block a possible data theft. ” These operations have consequences on the current functioning of municipal services: access to the telephone platform is inoperative until further notice, so the Civil Status service operates by hand “, can we read on the site of the metropolis.

The Voice of the North indicates « that an investigation has been opened and entrusted to the Lille PJ cybercrime group. Police officers are currently at the town hall of Lille. At this stage, it is still impossible to determine the origin of the attack.

Ransomware is a type of malware.  // Source: Melvyn Dadure for Numerama
Ransomware often targets municipalities. // Source: Melvyn Dadure for Numerama

French cities regularly targeted by ransomware

Municipalities are regularly targeted by ransomware: databases are blocked and held hostage, with criminals demanding an exorbitant ransom to provide the key. In France, in 2022, nearly twenty municipalities were affected by this type of malware, including the city of Caen or Chaville in the Hauts-de-Seine.

Abroad, most recently, the Antwerp City Hall in Belgium was affected in December 2022. Oakland, California in February was blocked by ransomware.

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