Belgium’s City of Liège issued a red flag stating, they have fallen “victim to a large-scale targeted computer attack of criminal nature.”
Belgium has been a hotbed for cyberattacks. First, the country’s leading internet service provider (ISP), Belnet, was being attacked with multiple instances of DDoS attacks. The aftermath of the cyberattack was felt on Belgium’s government and private sector organizations, which included well-known universities, public administrations, and research institutes. And before the dust of this surgically targeted attack could settle, Belgium’s City of Liège issued a red flag stating, they have fallen “victim to a large-scale targeted computer attack of criminal nature.”
What is affected in the City of Liège? As per the status message published on the city’s official website, several civil status and population-related services were affected due to the massive cyberattack and remained partially unavailable when the news was being reported. Of the many Municipal Departments of the City of Liège, people having appointments with public services were advised against visiting the respective premises until access to the city’s IT networks was restored. Impacted services include:
Foreign population service (foreign nationals service) Birth service Wedding service Nationalities service Burial service Welcoming cemeteries Additionally, due to the unavailability of the online services, the Municipality stated that no new documents such as passports, driving licenses, or identity cards could be ordered, however, the ones that were already ordered were available at certain town halls and district centers.