The municipality of Anhalt-Bitterfeld, in the state of Saxony-Anhalt, Germany, declared a catastrophe, following the worst cyberattack on the country perpetrated by hackers.
The federal cybersecurity watchdog confirmed the incursion that crippled the municipality’s systems, and experts believe it could take at least a week to repair the damage, according to a July 10 Reuters report.
“We are almost completely paralyzed,” the official spokesman said. At the same time, municipal authorities declined to provide details about the identity of the attacker or about whether he had asked for a ransom.
He added: “This attack directly affects the entire range of the district’s services, including the business of its citizens, which cannot be processed at the moment,” according to German media outlet Süeddeutsche Zeitung.
The hackers encrypted an undetermined number of files. As a protective measure, the administration shut down all critical systems in the network to protect itself against data theft.
The case is under police investigation. The biggest impact affecting the municipality is the impossibility of paying social benefits, so it turned to the federal government for help.
Although other institutions have also been affected by similar intrusions, the one in Anhalt-Bitterfeld is the first to be declared a “catastrophe.”
For its part, the German cybersecurity agency BSI said it had dispatched a crisis team to deal with the emergency.
This attack takes relevance in light of the serious and costly hacks to which gigantic entities that make up the infrastructure of the United States, such as the Colonial Pipe pipeline, have fallen victim.
The Colonial Pipeline was forced to shut down fuel distribution to a large part of the country in May, considered the largest cyberattack against its oil infrastructure.
Then, on July 2, hackers invaded the systems of Kaseya, a computer company whose software is used by thousands of companies in dozens of countries around the world.
In this case, the hackers hijacked the data of more than 200 small businesses in Florida, USA. They demanded millions of dollars in ransom, posing a serious threat to the country’s supply chain.
On the other hand, on the very day of the cyber-attack in Anhalt-Bitterfeld, the Cyber Polygon 2021 event, opened by the founder of the World Economic Forum, Klaus Schwab, was inaugurated. On this occasion, the risks of cyberattacks were discussed.
About the event Schwab had previously said, “It is time for a Great Reset, change is not happening, we have a choice to remain passive and see the negative, the negative trends, [such as] inequality, polarization, nationalism and racism.”
He added: “if not stopped, those trends will lead to a post-coronavirus world that is definitely less sustainable, less egalitarian and much more fragile.”
The controversial Great Reset plans to restructure the world organization, and consequently every human being: “Will own nothing, but will be happy,” according to its motto, which has generated much criticism and suspicion.
One of its critics is Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, former Apostolic Nuncio to the USA, who maintains that the ‘Great Reset’ is driven by an elite that wants to subjugate all of humanity, imposing coercive measures with which it will drastically limit the freedoms of individuals and peoples.
In his observations, Vigano highlights a state of generalized crisis in which principles and institutions that have been the foundations of human culture are threatened.
“Every day we perceive that attacks are multiplying from those who want to destroy the very basis of society: the natural family, respect for human life, love of the homeland, freedom of education and business,” Vigano pointed out.