Antwerp cyber attacks: Mayor says city will not negotiate or pay

For over a week, the services of the city of Antwerp have been targeted by a nefarious hacking collective called Play, which alleges to have stolen sensitive data that it will publish if the city fails to pay a ransom by Monday.

After a week of administrative services – including libraries, museum booking sites, and council websites – being taken down (sometimes premeditatively), Flemish Home Affairs Ministers Bart Somers announced that a “war room” would be created to deal with the attacks being carried out “on an industrial scale.”

On Saturday, it emerged that Antwerp had been removed from the hackers’ hitlist, although it remained unclear whether this was because the city had caved to hacker demands or had resolved the issue by alternative means.

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Source: Belgian News Agency