The impact of cyber attacks on work: what is the finding in the media, hospitals and industrial companies?

As we have seen in several cases this year, computer attacks on businesses and public institutions force employees in the majority of cases to return to the analog methods of work, i.e. paper and pencil. In a context where work is strongly linked to the computer tool, is it possible today to do without computers and the internet? The answer is clearly obvious, and several institutions this year have been able to experience the problem of returning to the old working methods.

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As one knows, during several days certain institution such as RTL or the Rouen University Hospital and even the M6 television channel and the company Airbus aeronautics aircraft have encountered technical problems that have forced the shutdown of their systems. These problems were obviously due to computer hacking. Attacks firmness and total control, so the contours were very scrupulously prepared by hackers author of this package. These various attacks have resulted in immediate infection the tools needed to implement the entire work process institutions. that is means of communication work files, mailboxes, or care machines… It is with great effort mastery, adaptation that these structures have managed to get out of this problem. While finding a way to keep working. And it's where we meet that computer blackout is more than a problem, it's a disaster.

It is remembered that during the month of October, the M6 group publicly announced that it was the victim of a computer attack. It was a Ransonware-type malware that had targeted the group's data, encrypting their access to several data and software that are highly sensitive to the company. Of course, as in similar cases, hackers demanded a ransom payment in exchange for the decryption key. While broadcasts continued on the channel's antennae, in the background the group's team was working hard to find a solution to this problem. During the computer ordeal that the group was going through, the employees had to go back to the classic SMS because the different mailboxes had become inaccessible. "We were without a PC for a month, working on our personal computers. explains an employee of the M6 Group. "Before Wi-Fi was reactivated, after a fortnight, 4G pebbles had to be used. A number of journalists had to telework because the connection on the spot was really poor. He recounts. It is only very gradually that the return to normality is done: "The posts were returned to us from mid-November to the end of the month, but without their data! The latter were in fact being analysed, before final restitution. (…) All staff had to reset their session password with the IT department, to avoid any further disappointments (…) Shared folders are now available for reading only. We don't have access to personal email from the new posts and it's impossible to download apps without IT approval. The group's employee explained.

This type of problem is likely to continue until 2020 or even Beyond. According to Cyrille Badeau, Vice President Europe of ThreatQuotient, company in intelligence related to cyber threats, "Cyberattacks have evolved. "Historically, ransomware attacks were not necessarily long-term prepared. Rather, it was a wave that had just swept through the largest volume possible targets. We are now entering a phase where the preparation of cyberattacks can take weeks or even months, which is totally new. (…) There is a real motivation to go to work in a more targeted and fetch bigger ransoms. ».

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