Cities and Municipalities in North Rhine-Westphalia Offline after Cyberattack

December 7, 2023


The municipal service provider S├╝dwestfalen IT (SIT) said it was hit by a ransomware attack on the night from Sunday to Monday (October 30). In order to contain the attack, all connections to the data center were severed. This affects 72 member municipalities in South Westphalia. As the regional newspaper Sauerland Kurier reports, it is assumed in the Hochsauerland district that the IT failure will last several days. Most administrations can only be reached by telephone because email traffic is also affected, the report says.

Incident Date

October 30, 2023



Estimated Cost

No cost values disclosed.

Type of Malware

No Malware identified

Threat Source

No threat source identified