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Cyberattack: a ransom of 10 million dollars demanded from the department of Seine-et-Marne

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“I have no reason to pay this ransom”, said Thursday, November 17 Jean-François Parigi, president (Les Républicains) of the departmental council of Seine-et-Marne, to which the hackers at the origin of a paralysis of the computer services claim 10 million dollars. The ransom note was discovered only a few days ago, as priority was given at first “to security” systems, the council said, without further details on its authors.

The department’s IT services are no longer operational since Sunday 6 November. This “major” hack was discovered on Monday morning the 7th. The investigation, opened by the Paris public prosecutor’s office, was entrusted to the brigade for the fight against cybercrime (BL2C) and to the sub-directorate for the fight against cybercrime (SDLC) of the judicial police.

At this stage, “we are not aware of any personal data leak”, Mr. Parigi told the press, adding that checks were still in progress. Social benefits and salaries of departmental agents ” are paid “ by virtue of “continuity of services”. “All the agents continue to work” but ” old “on paper or with mobile phones, he continued, without giving a deadline for a return to normal.

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With an annual budget of 1.5 billion euros, the departmental council is responsible in particular for paying the allowance for disabled adults (AAH), the RSA (revenu de solidarité active) and the personalized allowance for autonomy (Apa) at “tens of thousands of beneficiaries”. Due to this cyberattack, the vote on the next budget has been postponed to the beginning of 2023.

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The Corbeil-Essonnes hospital in August, the city of Caen in September or even the department of Seine-Maritime in October have already been the subject of such acts. In November, Russian hackers also attacked Medibank, the Australian insurance giant, and accessed the data of 9.7 million policyholders, according to Australian police.

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The World with AFP