On May 18, the Navarra Association of Municipal Computing (ANIMSA) reported a crash in its servers, caused by a cyberattack. Almost two weeks have passed since then and this problem has caused dozens of municipalities have had to go back to working with paper. A “return of 15 or 20 years”, as has been described Javier Ollo, mayor of Alsasua.
Between the affected hay 137 municipalities, more than 65% of the community, including the websites and services of municipalities such as Tafalla, Estella, Sangüesa, Alsasua, Barañáin, Burlada or Villava. have also been affected 35 entitieswhich include the Navarra Federation of Municipalities and Councils.
A ransomware cyberattack originating from Lithuania
Animsa explains that the cyberattack came from a server located in Lithuania, using Hive and Cobalt Strike. “A type of cyber attack that consists of entering a system and encrypting it,” they describe, in what is understood as a ransomware attack. East caused the fall of services, such as web pages, mail and electronic offices. This has led to the fact that during these weeks, all those affected have had to return to the traditional method to carry out the procedures.
“The bills are very serious. The council can perfectly receive almost a hundred bills in a week,” explains the mayor of Alsasua. “We’ve flashed back to the nineties or even earlierbecause not even the website works and we cannot publish what is happening on it”, Explain the mayor of Cendea de Cizur.
Given the lack of access, which has been gone for almost two weeks and is still not functional, some officials have begun to implement alternative solutions. Patches such as the creation of alternative email accounts to maintain activity.
anime is found collaborating with the National Cryptologic Center (CNN) and the regional government of Navarra to see how to fix the cyber attack. This weekend, Animsa has announced that during the next few days the services will begin to be recovered, taking the first step which is to change the passwords of the affected users.
Image | Tafalla Town Hall