The town hall of Lille published on the morning of March 1, 2023 a press release indicating that it suffered an “intrusion into its information system”. The cybercrime department of the judicial police has taken up the case and measures are being taken to minimize the consequences of the attack.
The city of Lille is the victim of a cyberattack. She did not communicate either on the origin or on the scale of the attack, but affirms to do the necessary not to be ransom victim and to continue fulfilling its public service mission. The Town Hall declares that it is in the process of securing and protecting its data.
Many of its IT services are therefore taken offline, which affects the functioning of municipal services. The city’s telephone platform is inaccessible until further notice, and the Civil Status service operates by hand. Most services to the public are disrupted, their operation most often dependent on a computerized infrastructure.
The Town Hall of Lille is the victim of an attack on its information system
If you had a physical appointment in one of Lille’s municipal services, know that it is maintained. Public cultural, sports and leisure facilities such as swimming pools and the zoo will also be open and, only happy consequence of this cyberattack for residents of Lille, free. Indeed, the cash registers are unusable.
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After the Corbeil-Essonnes hospital in August 2022, the Caennais, a month later, it is the citizens of Lille who are today targeted by cyberhackers. Do the latter wish to demand a ransom from the town hall of the city? Do they intend to steal the personal data of citizens in order to organize phishing campaigns? No one knows yet, the police are investigating, and it will take time before we have a clear idea of the consequences of the attack. Whether you are from Lille or not, stay attentive when you check your emails in the coming days, because this kind of incident is bound to happen again. It should be remembered that France is the fifth country most targeted by ransomware campaigns.
Source: Lille Town Hall