German District Declares State Of Emergency After Cyber Attack

A state of emergency has been declared in the Anhalt-Bitterfeld district of Saxony-Anhalt due to a cyber-attack on the district’s computer networks, Die Welt reports.

The hacker attack is expected to paralyse the district administration for almost two weeks. All critical systems have been taken offline to protect data. The authorities have been forced to suspend a number of social services for the population.

The Federal Office for Information Security, which is investigating the incident, said it was the first time a state of emergency had been imposed in Germany due to a hacker attack.

According to the regional administration, the attack took place on 6 July and targeted district servers, an unspecified number of files from which were encrypted by the perpetrators.


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