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District council declares Germany’s first-ever ‘cyber-catastrophe’

Yahoo Finance – Reuters

By Andreas Rinke

July 10, 2021

BERLIN, July 10 (Reuters) – A district council in eastern Germany has declared a disaster after its computer systems were paralysed by a hacker attack in what the federal cybersecurity watchdog confirmed was the country’s first-ever “cyber-catastrophe”.

Hackers knocked out the IT operations of the municipality of Anhalt-Bitterfeld, in the state of Saxony-Anhalt, on Tuesday, a spokesperson confirmed to Reuters on Saturday.

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