Angers. What we experience about the cyberattack that hits the townspeople hallway sites
The IT services of the town hall of Angers (Maine-et-Loire) and Angers Loire metropolis have been subjected to a ransomware type cyberattack since Saturday, January 16. When did the onset accept place? Who is the author ? Who is affected? We submit gillyflower of this malicious computer act.
Friday, January 15 in the evening, the twitter account of the mayor of Angers (Maine-et-Loire) was hacked. The next day, without a linkup being clearly confirmed, the websites of the community were in twist attacked.
Friday, january 15 in the evening, the twitter account of the mayor of Angers (Maine-et-Loire) was hacked. The next day, without a linkup being clearly confirmed, the websites of the community were in turn attacked. | ARCHIVES
Modified 01/17/2021 at 7:28 p.m. Published on 01/17/2021 at 1:26 p.m.
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The town hallway of Angers ( Maine-et-Loire ) and its agglomeration community Angers Loire metropolis hold been in the grasp of a large-scale cyberattack since Saturday, January 16. This attack, perceived as very worrying by the city , risks seriously disrupting the functioning of the online services of the administrations for several days. Here is a summary of what we know about this computer round this Sunday, january 17.
When did the cyberattack start?
Friday January 15, around 11:30 p.m. a first computer attempt took put on the certified account of the mayor of Angers, Christophe Béchu, where a tattooed hand replaced the front of the elected official. And the next morning, badges problems to enter the town hall of Angers were reported. A sign, no doubt, that the onset had already started or that it was beginning to weirdo into the systems.
A back occurred in the afternoon of Saturday, January 16, which paralyzed the services of municipal libraries and all of the townspeople hall's sites, such as Angers.fr. These ii attacks are likely to be linked, according to a cybersecurity expert we contacted to analyze this exceptional situation.
Who is believed to live behind the attack?
According to our information, this cyberattack could come from Turkish hackers. in any case identified as orgasm from, or relayed by a server hosted in Turkey.
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What exactly happened?
From a computer or device connected to the City's network, a person would hold opened, unintentionally (or not) an attachment containing malware. Cybercriminals were thus able to take advantage of the loophole created in the municipality's computer system to install ransomware-type malware. Their goal is to block access to essential information in the eyes of the community, in change for a sum of money.
Hackers usage the technique of data encryption. To manage this, they position a sort of padlock on the files, of which only they have the key. in this type of attack, computers and other devices are not taken out of service to allow victims to pay the ransom, paid in cryptocurrency.
What can the town hall do?
For the moment, the town mansion has communicated very little on the subject. This Sunday, she posted on her social networks a message of a few lines to clarify the facts. To manage this crisis, it approached the National Information Systems security Agency (ANSSI) which will support and apprise it. Used to this kind of facts, the latter recommends not to pay in to the blackjack of cybercriminals. In the meantime, the City indicates: the teams of the info system department get established a protocol for backing up and restoring the system. And the community to alert:This restoration process will be long and will impact the services rendered to Angevins requiring the employ of computers, which will therefore be in degraded manner for several days.
Which websites are made inaccessible?
This Sunday, January 17, the Angers.fr sites , from the Angers Loire Métropole community, allay appear on Internet browsers but are unavailable. The same error content is displayed for the Atout'multiservices card site and that of the libraries. For now, it is impossible to live when they will be available again.
However, some mail services of the agents of the City of Angers stay functional. A surprising element when you know that they canful be entrance points for cybercriminals. Finally, the local authorization informs that the services welcoming the public stay open. But without computers.