The North and East Gelderland Security Region (VNOG) was hit by an attack with ransomware on Saturday. As a result, the use of the internal system is limited and e-mail cannot be used.
Essential information that emergency services need is still available, reports the VNOG Sunday. According to the organization, safety is not at stake. The VNOG is a collaboration between 22 municipalities.
It is not yet clear how the VNOG’s systems could be affected by the ransomware. Although the use of the internal systems is limited, the reporting systems such as P2000 and C2000 still work.
Cyber criminals try to lock files on computers and within networks with ransomware (ransomware). A message then informs users that they have been hacked and that they can enter a key to recover everything. A lot of money often has to be paid for this key.
The VNOG is working with specialists and organizations, including the National Cyber Security Center and the police, to find out whether the attackers have gained access to the data and what the exact consequences are. “We are doing everything we can to ensure that all systems can work safely again as soon as possible,” said the VNOG.
It is not yet clear how long the situation will last for the Safety Region. It is also not known who the attackers are.
Companies, schools and government organizations are more often sought after by hackers. In February, the systems of some twenty schools in Limburg were still down.