The IT systems of the city hall of Marseille and the metropolitan area have not yet been restored. (illustration) - P. Huguen / AFP

The operation of the civil status computer application, a strategic tool in the midst of a health crisis, has been restored in Marseille, the town hall announced on Wednesday a month after an unprecedented cyber attack on its systems.

The mayor LR of the second city of France Jean-Claude Gaudin announced "the restored operation of the computer application of the civil status", which allows in particular to quickly know the number of deaths, said the municipality.

An attack "unprecedented in scope"

Marseille and the Aix-Marseille-Provence metropolis were victims the day before the first round of municipal elections, on the night of March 13 to 14, from a computer attack that they described as "unprecedented in scale", "massive and widespread ”.

The servers of the metropolis have in particular "been encrypted up to 90% against a ransom demand", said the metropolis expecting a return to normal around May 20 after reconstruction of a "complete system".

Part restored

Videoconferencing work systems had been deployed in a few days to allow the greatest number, among the 8,000 agents of the metropolis, to maintain their essential activities.

The mayor of Marseille had for its part already announced a few days ago that it had been able to restore the computer tool for paying invoices and processing public contracts, and restored the telephone line for service to residents.


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  • Cyber ​​attack
  • Hacker
  • Computer science
  • Marseille
  • Civil status