Anhalt-Bitterfeld: Hacker attack on district: Support from state and federal government

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Hacker attack on county: Support from state and federal government

The seat of the district administration in Köthen. Photo: Klaus-Dietmar Gabbert / dpa-Zentralbild / dpa

The district of Anhalt-Bitterfeld has been struggling for days with a hacker attack on its servers. Now the federal government and the state of Saxony-Anhalt want to pool their help.

In view of the hacker attack on the servers of the Anhalt-Bitterfeld district, state and federal authorities want to work together. At a working meeting on Wednesday, a close cooperation was agreed, said a spokesman for the Interior Ministry.

The aim is to restore the working capacity of the authorities as quickly as possible. In addition to Interior Minister Michael Richter (CDU) and District Administrator Andy Grabner (CDU), representatives of the State Criminal Police Office, the Ministry of Finance and the Federal Office for Information Security took part in the meeting in Köthen. The spokesman did not provide any further information on the measures adopted and the ongoing investigation.

Solutions are already being found in many places: Since Monday, for example, employees of the Anhalt-Bitterfeld health department have been able to use workplaces in Dessau-Roßlau, both districts said. In addition, according to the Landesverwaltungsamt Sachsen-Anhalt, further premises are available there and in Halle if required. There has also been cooperation on the analysis, identification and control of the virus since the weekend.


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