Several specialized sites report a cyberattack targeting the Ministry of Justice. Questioned by CNEWS, the authorities take the alert seriously.
According to specialized journalist Marc Renfer, from the Tribune de Genève, the pirate group “LockBit 2.0” announced on its site (visible only on the dark net) that it had hacked the Ministry of Justice.
The hackers would threaten to publish documents “within two weeks” if they did not receive a ransom.
Lockbit 2.0 Ransomware Group Announces Hacking of the French Ministry of Justice @justice_gouv
He threatens to publish the documents within two weeks (no details on their nature). pic.twitter.com/bUmj7XofMC
— Marc Renfer (@marcrenfer) January 27, 2022
On Twitter, a journalist from the specialized media “Public Actors” also confirms the information.
The cyberattack on the Ministry of Justice has been confirmed to me by an internal source at the ministry. No advantages of information on its extent and its consequences. https://t.co/gzsvCQuqYk
— Emile Marzolf (@emile_marzolf) January 27, 2022
“The Ministry of Justice took note of the alert, and immediately organized to carry out the necessary checks, in conjunction with the competent services in this area”, learned CNEWS from the ministry.
The LockBit 2.0 ransomware group is also suspected of being responsible for a cyberattack on the municipality of Saint-Cloud (Hauts-de-Seine).