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IT security: Cyber attacks on the public sector

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25 November 2021
Cyber attack on the city of Annecy in France
Annecy, Département Haute-Savoie, France
https://www.lemondeinformatique.fr/actua...
November 2021
Cyber attack on the city administration of Sassnitz, Germany

Fake emails were sent.

Sassnitz, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany
https://www.ostsee-zeitung.de/Vorpommern...
15 November 2021
Ransomware at the city of Turin, Italy
Turin, Piedmont, Italy
12 November 2021
Cyberattack on West Virginia Parkways Authority
West Virginia Parkways Authority, Charleston, West Virginia, USA
https://apnews.com/article/wv-state-wire...
12 November 2021
FBI server used to send hoax emails
(Location unknown)
https://krebsonsecurity.com/2021/11/hoax...
3 November 2021
Cyber attack on the administration of the Italian city of Perugia

Perugia is the capital of the Umbria region with about 170,000 inhabitants (Source: Wikipedia).

Comune di Perugia, Perugia, Umbria, Italy
https://www.perugiatoday.it/attualita/co...
2 November 2021
Cyber attack on a library in Ohio
Toledo, Ohio, USA
27 October 2021
Cyber attack on a municipal data center in the Bologna region, Italy

This caused the IT of 6 municipalities to fail.

Unione Terre di Pianura, Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
https://www.terredipianura.it/it-it/avvi...
27 October 2021
Email accounts of the municipality of Mellingen, Switzerland, used for spam mails
Mellingen, Aargau, Switzerland
https://www.aargauerzeitung.ch/aargau/di...
25 October 2021
Cyber attack on a city in Ontario, Canada
Clarence-Rockland, Ontario, Canada
https://www.ledroit.com/actualites/est-o...
24 October 2021
Cyber attack on the municipality of Saint-Affrique in the south of France
Saint-Affrique, Département Aveyron, France
21 October 2021
Malware at a state authority in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany
Landesamt für innere Verwaltung (LAiV), Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany
https://www.zeit.de/news/2021-10/21/scha...
October 2021
Ransomware at the Papua New Guinea Department of Finance
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/...
19 October 2021
A database with 50 million records of Moscow vehicle owners is offered on the Darknet
Moscow, Russia
https://www.kommersant.ru/doc/5041801
18 October 2021
Cyber attack on IT service provider of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania state administration

This caused IT outages in several city administrations.

DVZ Datenverarbeitungszentrum Mecklenburg-Vorpommern GmbH, Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany
https://www.zeit.de/news/2021-10/18/schw...
17 October 2021
DDoS attack on the websites of the canton and city of St. Gallen, Switzerland
https://www.toponline.ch/news/stgallen/d...
17 October 2021
Hacker attack on the city of Witten, Germany
City administration, Witten, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
https://www.witten.de/willkommen-in-witt...
15 October 2021
Ludwigslust-Parchim county, Germany, affected by malware

The administration's IT service provider fell victim to a ransomware attack.

Ludwigslust-Parchim county administration, Parchim, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany
https://www.kreis-lup.de/Kurzmen%C3%BC/S...
15 October 2021
Municipal administration of Neustadt-Glewe, Germany, affected by hacker attack

The administration's IT service provider fell victim to a ransomware attack.

Administration, Neustadt-Glewe, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany
https://www.neustadt-glewe.de/Kurzmen%C3...
15 October 2021
Ransomware at the city administration of Schwerin, Germany

The city's IT service provider fell victim to a ransomware attack.

City administration, Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany
15 October 2021
Ransomware at municipal IT service provider in Germany

This caused outages in several municipal administrations and businesses in the area.

Kommunalservice Mecklenburg AöR (KMS), Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany
10 October 2021
Cyber attack on a fiduciary company in Switzerland

The company works for several municipalities.

GRF Sociétés fiducaire SA, Morges, Vaud, Switzerland
https://www.derbund.ch/neue-cyber-attack...
10 October 2021
Hacker attack on the municipality of Montreux, Switzerland
October 2021
Cyber attack on township in New Jersey
Middletown Township, New Jersey, USA
https://nj1015.com/monmouth-county-nj-to...
4 October 2021
Hacker attack on the Singapore employment agency

40,000 data records were leaked and offered in the Darknet.

Singapore
1 October 2021
DDoS attack on the websites of a professional training agency in Switzerland
Schweizerisches Dienstleistungszentrum Berufsbildung | Berufs-​, Studien-​ und Laufbahnberatung (SDBB), Bern, Switzerland
(Outage of all web sites)
https://www.sdbb.ch/ueber-uns/news/detai...
Email of a mayor in England hacked, used to ask others for money

The Workington mayor's private email account was hacked, used to solicit money from other members of the city council.

Workington, Cumbria, England, United Kingdom
https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/19617...
29. September 2021
Canton, North Carolina police phone system outage after cyberattack
Canton, North Carolina, USA
https://wlos.com/news/local/cyber-attack...
17 September 2021
Ransomware attack on the administration of Pottawatomie County, Kansas
Pottawatomie County, Westmoreland, Kansas, USA
17 September 2021
Ransomware attack on the government of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu Public Department, Fort St. George, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, Indien
10 September 2021
Cyber attack on Mount Vernon city government
Mount Vernon, New York, USA
http://yonkerstimes.com/city-of-mount-ve...
September 2021
Fraudulent cyber attack on the Wesel district administration, Germany
District administration, Wesel, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
https://www.nrz.de/region/niederrhein/cy...
10 September 2021
Hacker attack on housing institute in Messina, Italy

Affected is the IACP MESSINA - Istituto Autonomo Case Popolari

https://messina.gazzettadelsud.it/artico...
09 September 2021
Website of the Brazilian health agency ANVISA hacked

The website of the Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária was hacked, demonstrating Argentine flags, presumably motivated by the controverse intervention in the Brazil-Argentina soccer match.

06 September 2021
Cyber attack on the city hall of Yonkers, New York
Yonkers, New York, USA
September 2021
Ransomware at the South African Space Agency SANSA
30 August 2021
Cyber attack on a local government area of Melbourne, Australia

Affected is the City of Stonnington, IT systems were shut down.

https://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/inne...
August 2021
Hacker attack on a Leipzig city company, Germany
https://www.lvz.de/Leipzig/Polizeiticker...
25 August 2021
Cyber attack on the Boston Public Library
https://www.bpl.org/news/statement-techn...
August 2021
Surveillance cameras hacked in Iranian prison
https://www.bluewin.ch/de/digital/geleak...
23 August 2021
Peterborough, New Hampshire defrauded of $2.3 million by cybercriminals

The small town of Peterborough in the northeast of the USA has about 6300 inhabitants. In July and August, it was defrauded of a total of $2.3 million. According to reports, mails with false identities were used to divert upcoming payments to the school district and two contractors to other accounts.

https://www.peterboroughnh.gov/news_deta...
21 August 2021
Cyber attack on the province of Gelderland, Netherlands

Affected are the personnel files of the employees.

https://nltimes.nl/2021/08/21/province-g...
August 2021
Data breach at Swiss digital platform for businesses

The EasyGov platform allows companies to complete government processes electronically. In August, about 130,000 names of companies that had applied for Covid 19 credit were tapped.

SECO State Secretariat for Economy / EasyGov, Bern, Switzerland
15 August 2021
Cyber attack on the data center of the Pakistani tax authority

The point of attack is said to have been the Hyper-V software. Website and systems are down.

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2315712/fbr...
13 August 2021
Ransomware in the network of the Brazilian National Treasury Secretariat

The Secretaria do Tesouro Nacional is part of the Ministry of Economy and has its headquarters in Brasilia.

https://www.gov.br/tesouronacional/pt-br...
10 August 2021
Cyberattack on a platform for applying for visas for France

Personal data of the applicants was stolen.

https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/sites/mini...
August 2021
Rasomware at the Lazio region in Italy

The Lazio region is located in central Italy and includes the city of Rome. With the hacker attack, the Corona vaccination portal is also down. The attack took place via the PC of an employee of an IT company belonging to the region. Later, a leading Italian newspaper wrote that the attack on the region was related to an attack on an external IT service provider, which was denied by the external service provider.

https://www.rainews.it/tgr/tagesschau/ar...
July 2021
Ransomware at the city government of Lewiston, Minnesota
City government, Lewiston, Minnesota, USA
https://www.lewistonmn.org/news/
23 July 2021
Cyber attack on the city administration of Thessaloniki, Greece
https://www.thenationalherald.com/archiv...
20 July 2021
DDoS attacks on various websites in the Netherlands

This also made the web pages for Corona tests unavailable.

July 2021
Website of the Court of Audit of the Republic of Moldova disrupted

The website was the target of an attack that destroyed the website's database.

July 2021
Hacker attack on the city council of Geisenheim, Germany

The Hessian town of Geisenheim is located on the Rhine, about 20 km southwest of Wiesbaden, and has about 11,000 inhabitants. According to initial assessments, the administration will be offline for at least 3 weeks, and 2 or 3 months are expected for the return to normal.

https://www.geisenheim.de/artikel/presse...
July 2021
Targeted attack on experts with a focus on the Middle East

The security service provider Proofpoint has analyzed a targeted attack on experts, professors and journalists with a focus on the Middle East. Access data to various online services was to be tapped via the compromised website of a well-known institute of the University of London. The attack is attributed to Iran.

https://www.proofpoint.com/us/blog/threa...
11 July 2021
Cyberattack on the city administration of Clearfield, Utah

Ransomware encrypted the data, a ransom of millions was demanded.

https://www.ksl.com/article/50209154/hac...
July 2021
Cyber attack on Anhalt-Bitterfeld county district office in Germany

The county has declared a disaster situation. The work of the administration is severely restricted at all locations.

https://www.anhalt-bitterfeld.de/de/meld...
July 2021
Cyber attack at New South Wales school authorities in Australia

Several systems were shut down following a cyberattack. The incident occurred a few days before the start of school term 3.

https://education.nsw.gov.au/news/media-...
July 2021
Georgia Covid vaccination registration page down after cyber attack
July 2021
Hacker attack on the municipality of Hüttenberg

The attackers obtain bank account data from private individuals and companies.

https://www.mittelhessen.de/lokales/wetz...
June 2021
Live telephone Q&A session with Putin disrupted by denial-of-service attack
https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/06/3...
June 2021
Cyber attack on the administration of a city near Paris

The city of Villepinte is located in the Île-de-France region, in the northeast of Paris and has about 37,000 inhabitants.

https://www.lemagit.fr/actualites/252503...
http://ville-villepinte.fr/services-muni...
June 2021
Cyber attack on municipal association in France

The Communauté d'agglomération Saint-Avold Synergie is an association of municipalities in the Moselle department in the Grand Est. The IT infrastructure was hit by ransomware, a ransom of $80,000 was demanded.

June 2021
Computers at an institute in Prague were used to mine cryptocurrency

The Institut plánování a rozvoje hlavního města Prahy (Institute for Planning and Development of the Capital City of Prague, IPR Prague) is responsible for urban planning and operates, among other things, the city's geoportal.

June 2021
Ransomware at the Municipality of Liège, Belgium

The administration of the city of Liège, Belgium, population about 200,000, was hit by a cyberattack with ransomware. Numerous services are down.

June 2021
Poland reports cyber attacks on high-ranking politicians

The attacks are said to be coming from Russia.

https://www.ft.com/content/ecabed4c-7b86...
June 2021
Cyber attack against Spanish Ministry of Labor and Social Economy
June 2021
Hackers have penetrated the IT system of the Legal Department of the City of New York
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/18/nyreg...
30 May 2021
Ransomware at the municipality of Rolle in Switzerland

The municipality of Rolle in the canton of Vaud is located on Lake Geneva, between Lausanne and Geneva, and has about 5400 inhabitants. The consequences of the attack were initially underestimated.

https://www.nau.ch/news/schweiz/gemeinde...
27 May 2021
Ransomware at the city government of Bridgeport, West Virginia
https://wvmetronews.com/2021/09/07/bridg...
May 2021
Cyber attack on the administration of Mobile County, Alabama

Malware was found, some systems were shut down for 3 days.

May 2021
Hacker attack on the Czech National Library

The library is located in the Klementinum in the center of Prague. The systems were shut down and the library remained closed to the public.

18 May 2021
Cyber attack on the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services

The website was shut down and thus numerous services were no longer available.

May 2021
Cyber attack on city hall of a major Romanian city

Oradea City Hall became a victim of ransomware.

https://www.forbes.ro/primaria-oradea-fo...
May 2021
Hackers have changed the websites of the Colombian Senate and the Armed Forces
April 2021
Large-scale DDoS attack on Belgian network operator

The Belgian operator Belnet was the victim of a denial-of-service attack. As a result, political institutions, universities and research facilities were not accessible.

May 2021
Cyber attack on company advising U.S. government on nuclear security

Documents were published on the darknet.

April 2021
Ransomware at the Judiciary of the Brazilian State of Rio Grande do Sul
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/se...
27 April 2021
Ransomware at the Municipality of Whistler, British Columbia

The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) is located 78 miles north of Vancover and has about 12,000 inhabitants. It became the victim of a ransomware attack.

https://www.piquenewsmagazine.com/local-...
April 2021
Ransomware at the municipality of Kammeltal in Bavaria, Germany
https://www.augsburger-allgemeine.de/gue...
April 2021
Cyber attack on the administration of the city of Olomouc in the Czech Republic
2 April 2021
Ransomware at a municipal service provider in Kent, UK
Kent Commercial Services (KCS), Aylesford, Kent, United Kingdom
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-kent...
April 2021
Attack on the Metropolitan Police Department Washington

Because no ransom was paid, the attackers published confidential documents on the Darknet.

April 2021
IT of a German city abused for mining cryptocurrency
March 2021
Hacker attack on the city administration of Ebeleben in Germany
https://www.mdr.de/nachrichten/thueringe...
March 2021
Mail server of Chilean financial regulator hacked
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/se...
March 2021
Cyber attack on the Norwegian Parliament
https://www.stortinget.no/en/In-English/...
March 2021
Suspected cyber attack on the administration of the German city of Stadtlohn
March 2021
Hacker attack on a city in Germany
http://www.beverunger-rundschau.de/start...
March 2021
Cyber attack on the European Banking Authority in Paris
https://www.eba.europa.eu/cyber-attack-e...
https://www.eba.europa.eu/cyber-attack-e...
March 2021
Attack on the Exchange server of the German city of Dippoldiswalde
https://www.saechsische.de/dippoldiswald...
March 2021
Hacker attack on a municipality in Bavaria, Germany

Fahrenzhausen is located about 25 km north of the city center of Munich and has about 5000 inhabitants.

Local government, Fahrenzhausen, Bavaria, Germany
March 2021
Hacker attack on a municipality in Germany

Kranzberg is located about 30 km north of the city center of Munich and has about 4000 inhabitants.

Local government, Kranzberg, Bavaria, Germany
March 2021
Ransomware at the city administration of Angermünde in Germany
https://www.nordkurier.de/uckermark/hack...
March 2021
Unauthorized access to the exchange server of the municipality Schöneiche in Germany
February 2021
Cyber attack on city government of Kingman, Arizona
https://kdminer.com/news/2021/mar/01/cit...
26 February 2021
Cyberattack on the city government of Kingman, Arizona

The city of Kingman has a population of approximately 28,000. Only a few personal data were stolen as a result of the attack. By April, operations had been restored. The method of the intrusion could not be determined.

February 2021
Data theft at the Transport Authority for New South Wales, Australia

Through a vulnerability in file transfer software.

https://www.zdnet.com/article/transport-...
February 2021
Cyber attack at the French town of Chalon-sur-Saône

The city is located in the east of France between Dijon and Lyon in the department of Saône-et-Loire. It has about 45,000 inhabitants. In February 2021, the administration of the city and the Grand Chalon commune was hit by a cyber-attack, the damage amounts to about 500,000 EUR.

https://www.chalon.fr/actualites-109/cyb...
https://www.lejsl.com/faits-divers-justi...
February 2021
City of Le Claire, Iowa, pays more than $200,000 to email scammers

Payments to legitimate vendors were diverted to other accounts. More than $120,000 was recovered.

https://www.thegazette.com/local-governm...
January 2021
Data theft at Australian financial regulatory authority

Through a vulnerability in file transfer software.

https://www.zdnet.com/article/asic-repor...
January 2021
Ransomware at Angers City Council

The administration of Angers, a city located in the west of France, has been hit by ransomware. 200 of the city's 3000 computers are believed to be infected. As a first response, 50 emergency workstations have been set up.

09 January 2021
Hacker attack on Clearfield County administration

Clearfield County is located in Pennsylvania, in the northeastern United States.

https://gantnews.com/2021/01/12/clearfie...
December 2020
Cyber attack on the administration of the city of La Rochelle in France
December 2020
Cyber Attack on Scottish Environment Protection Agency
Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), Stirling, Scotland, United Kingdom
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-554...
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-557...
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-566...
December 2020
Cyber attack on a municipality in the Netherlands

The municipality of Hof van Twente is located in the east of the Netherlands and has about 35,000 inhabitants. In December 2020, it was hit by a cyberattack. The investigation reports on this are published on the city's website.

https://www.hofvantwente.nl/actueel/nieu...
November 2020
November 2020
November 2020
https://www.lemondeinformatique.fr/actua...
October 2020
https://www.grand-cognac.fr/les-actualit...
October 2020
https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-5452...
September 2020
Cyber attack on the Norwegian Parliament
https://www.stortinget.no/en/In-English/...
August 2020
July 2020
https://www.eurelien.fr/actualite/le-dep...
March 2020
https://www.norfund.no/no/norfund-er-uts...
January 2020
December 2019
https://www.nordbayern.de/region/nuernbe...
16 August 2019
Ransomware attack on the administration of Grayson County, Texas
16 August 2019
Ransomware attack on the administration of Lubbock County, Texas
16 August 2019
Ransomware attack on the Bonham Police Department, Texas
16 August 2019
Ransomware attack on the City of Borger, Texas
Borger, Texas, USA
https://www.newschannel10.com/2019/08/19...
16 August 2019
Ransomware attack on the City of Kaufman, Texas
16 August 2019
Ransomware attack on the City of Keen, Texas
16 August 2019
Ransomware attack on the City of Wilmer, Texas
16 August 2019
Ransomware attack on the Graham Police Department, Texas
16 August 2019
Ransomware attack on the Vernon Police Department, Texas

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