Korneuburg municipality in Austria hit by ransomware, cancels funerals

published: Feb. 8, 2024

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The Austrian town of Korneuburg, near Vienna with a population of just under 13,000, has fallen victim to a ransomware attack. The cyberattack severely disrupted the municipality's operations, leading to the cancellation of funerals due to the inability to issue death certificates.

The attack, which was discovered by the town hall's IT manager, Christopher Kremlicka, on the night of February 2nd, has compromised all of the administration's data, including their backup systems. Kremlicka received an email indicating unauthorized activity in their data area, leading to the discovery that all their files had been encrypted.

There are local reports about the the deputy mayor, Helene Fuchs-Moser, lamenting that "Everything is dead," highlighting the paralysis of essential services, such as printing registration forms, death certificates, and processing bill transfers.

Currently the only electronic mechanism for residents to reach to the local government is telephone. No details are disclosed about the any stolen data or ransom demands.

The town has reported the extortion demand to the police.

Korneuburg municipality in Austria hit by ransomware, cancels funerals