Ville de Laval victim of a cyberattack
The mayor of Laval, Stéphane Boyer, assures that citizens' data is safe.
The City of Laval says it has been the target of a cyberattack and ensures that citizens' data is not compromised. For now, employees' computer access has been suspended, but the City's website remains accessible.
During a press conference convened urgently, the mayor of Laval, Stéphane Boyer, specified that the computer intrusion was detected around 4 p.m. on Wednesday, while an account email belonging to a City employee has been associated with unusual behavior.
Mr. Boyer believes that the account in question was hacked by the intruder(s), using a method commonly used to commit computer attacks.
In total, the digital attackers were able to steal approximately 600 megabytes of data. If the City says for the moment to ignore the contents of the stolen documents, it assures that the information of the citizens is not at risk, any more than the municipal databases.
We believe we have warned the worst, said the mayor, who specifies that the situation is evolving rapidly, and should continue to evolve over the next few days.
A team of Microsoft specialists are working in particular with the municipal services to shed light on this affair and ensure the restarting of the computer systems.
For the moment, the Internet site of Laval remains accessible, but it is impossible to carry out financial transactions there.
In a press release, the Municipality specifies that the activities of the Police Department, the Security Service fire, the Service de l'eau and the Libraries of Laval were not interrupted at any time.
We are doing everything in our power to ensure the integrity of our systems, added the mayor.