the town hall of Saint-Brevin victim of a cyberattack since Wednesday

This computer attack took place on Wednesday a few hours before the start of the march in support of the mayor of the commune. An investigation was also opened after the discovery by the authorities of seven racist tags.

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The town hall of Saint-Brevin-les-Pins, May 11, 2023. (THOMAS BR?GARDIS / OUEST-FRANCE / MAXPPP)

The town hall of Saint-Brevin (Loire-Atlantique), whose mayor (DVD) resigned after seeing his house burnt down at the end of March, has been the target of a cyberattack since Wednesday May 24, learned France Blue Loire Ocean.

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The computer attack hit the building just before the support march organized by many left-wing elected officials. About 2,000 people marched to support the city councilor Yannick Morez on Wednesday, who has become one of the symbols of the violence suffered by the elected officials of the Republic on a daily basis.

The website of the town hall remains operational

When the IT department alerted to the cyberattack, all landline phones and computers were turned off as a precaution. “We switched the line to a cell phone that we share with two people”explains a young woman at the reception, at the microphone of France Bleu Loire Océan. “We are doing everything we can to continue our public service missions and welcoming users as a priority”assures the town hall in a press release.

For a little over 24 hours, the town hall has therefore been communicating through social networks and its website, which remains active. The National Information Systems Security Agency (Anssi) and the Loire-Atlantique prefecture were alerted. Analyzes and an investigation have begun. “It may take time, perhaps several days. We didn’t really need that”, regrets the entourage of mayor Yannick Morez.

An investigation opened for racist tags

An investigation was also opened by the authorities after the discovery, the day after the march in support of the resigning mayor, of seven racist tags. Tension has been high in Saint-Brevin, since the announcement of the move of the Reception Center for Asylum Seekers (Cada) near a school in the town, announced in October 2021.

Some of the residents are against and have even organized demonstrations against the project. The extreme right has seized on the subject. At the end of 2022, members of Reconquête and the National Rally (RN) relayed the calls to demonstrate. Then over the months, threats and intimidation directly targeted Yannick Morez, before the arson attack which affected the home of the city councilor on March 22, 2023. The tags discovered Thursday, May 25 were precisely made between the Cada and the city center. Inscriptions ostensibly against migrants and asylum seekers.

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