The hackers succeeded. Data was indeed stolen from the servers of the city of Lille during the cyberattack that targeted the community on March 1, said Friday, the town hall, reporting a ransom demand.

The investigations "conducted by the judicial police (...) then by technical experts, confirm that data was taken from some servers of the City of Lille, some of which appear to be of a personal nature, "says the municipality, in a statement.

Access to professional messaging suspended

Four municipal agents had received, Wednesday, "via their personal messaging a message according to which information would have been recovered allowing the demand of a ransom," adds the town hall. When contacted, she did not wish to comment on the nature of the stolen data, nor on the credibility of the ransom demand.

Since March 1, the IT services of the city and associated municipalities of Lomme and Hellemmes have been largely disrupted by the attack. Access to professional messaging for elected officials and agents remains suspended, according to the town hall, which forces users to take many steps on paper.

The swimming pools, museums and the zoo, whose entrance had remained free the first two weeks for lack of computerized cash, are again paying since Wednesday, but only in cash or checks. It is still not possible to borrow books from media libraries.

  • Tech
  • Cyberattack
  • Hacker
  • Lille
  • Hauts-de-France
  • Ransom