The Guadeloupe region has just announced that it is the victim of a computer attack, described as “large scale”, this Monday, November 21.
The overseas community indicates that it has lodged a complaint and, without further details, interrupted its computer networks “in order to protect [ses] data”, informed the CNIL and the cyberfireman of the State, the Anssi.
⚠️💻 #Guadeloupe : The regional council is currently the victim of a large-scale cyber attack. Its various computer networks were affected.
A specialized firm has been appointed to resolve this incident as soon as possible.
A complaint has been filed. pic.twitter.com/o734OtdVtg
— Resca MQ/GP (@resca_mqgp) November 21, 2022
Fourth community affected in two months
“A service continuity plan has been put in place to ensure public service missions”, specifies the region, ensuring that everything is done “to restore the systems as soon as possible”. According to AFP, a crisis unit has been set up, the community recommending its agents to be extra vigilant.
If we know little about this new computer incident, the computer attack prolongs the black series of the local authorities affected since the beginning of the autumn. In the past two months, three other structures have also been victims of cyberattacks. This is the agglomeration of Caen and the departments of Seine-Maritime and Seine-et-Marne.
These computer attacks have lasting consequences for all three communities. Thus, the department of Seine-Maritime, targeted on October 10, still deplored in its last point of the situation of public services operating in degraded service. Without digital services, the administration is forced to return to a paper-based operation, which complicates, for example, the processing of requests made to the Departmental House for the Disabled or even, according to information from ZDNet.fr, relationships with suppliers.
Awareness-raising efforts to continue
Affected on September 26, the sites of the agglomerations of Caen-la-Mer and the city of Caen are still unavailable, two months later.
However, as Le Mag It reminded us, this community had avoided the worst thanks to the timely detection of anomalies synonymous with a risk of deployment of ransomware by Harfang Lab’s detection solution, currently under development. contracting.
Despite these striking examples, there is still a long way to go in terms of raising awareness. Senator Jean-Yves Leconte underlined in a recent report the need to continue prevention efforts with “local authorities and hospitals”, two types of organizations “where the culture of [lutte contre la] cybercrime is difficult to spread”. According to the elected official, “many administrations have not yet assessed” their exposure to IT risk, while a cyber diagnostic mechanism has been put in place through the recovery plan.
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