The hackers demanded $10 million from the French department of Seine-et-Marne, whose administrative resources were cyberattacked earlier in November.
The hackers who paralyzed the administrative resources of the Seine-et-Marne department on November 6 demanded a $10 million ransom. The department’s president, Jean-Francois Parigi, said he “sees no reason to pay,” local media reported.
The Cybercrime Unit of the Paris Public Prosecutor’s Office is investigating the incident. Parigi noted that the investigation has no information about the leakage of users’ personal data. The department’s online services remain unavailable.
In France, cyberattacks on administrative Internet resources have recently become more frequent. Earlier in October, the Seine-Maritime department was the victim of a similar cyber attack, and in September, the resources of the French city of Caen in Normandy were subjected to an information attack. In August, hackers attacked the Sud-Francilienne Medical Center (CHSF) in Corbeil-Essonnes near Paris. The attackers also demanded a ransom of 10 million dollars, and without receiving it, they began to publish personal data of patients and information from their medical records.