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World Marseille: The city and the metropolis affected for a month by a cyber attack

15:50  10 april  2020
15:50  10 april  2020 Source:   20minutes.fr

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Victims of a generalized computer attack the day before the first round of the municipal elections , the city of Marseille and its metropolitan area remained a month later still largely affected during this period of confinement where telework is required.

"Unprecedented in its scale", the cyber attack that occurred on the night of March 13 to 14 had been described as "massive and widespread" by the second city of France and by the Metropolis Aix-Marseille-Provence, a community which brings together 92 municipalities in the Southeast.

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Ransom note

"Our servers have been encrypted up to 90% against a ransom note," said the Metropolis which, on Friday, expected a return to normal around May 20, explaining having to "rebuild a complete system "

"These are all the digital services of the Metropolis that have been affected to different degrees of severity including information systems and management of human resources, pay, finance," said the community.

"Operational operating tools for services but also part of the telephony, websites and user services" are also affected, she added.

System

overhaul In order to be able to work from home, agents were encouraged to use Internet access via a personal Wi-Fi network, the Internet access of the Metropolis having been cut. Video conferencing work systems were deployed in a matter of days to allow as many agents as possible to maintain their essential activities.

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The mayor of Marseille, who does not communicate on the extent of this cyber attack or its consequences, nevertheless stresses that the IT tool for paying invoices and processing public contracts has been restored. Likewise, the telephone number of "Allô mairie" which enables Marseillais to contact its services has been restored.

The registration of declarations relating to civil status, such as the numerous deaths during this pandemic period, is done manually. "The municipal services are working tirelessly to return to normal," said the city without giving a date.

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