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The city of Potsdam, Germany, affected by a cyberattack.

On January 22, 2020, the city of Potsdam, Germany, revealed that a cyberattack affected its network servers. Fortunately, the emergency services in the city like the fire department and payments were not affected by the breach. 

The incident.

The attack was detected on January 22, and the city's IT security team disconnected its systems from the internet to prevent the infection from spreading while it assessed the situation. With the help of an external cybersecurity expert, the team identified that the breach originated in the servers of an external service provider. 

Currently, services like applications for ID cards and passports are unavailable. "We put our systems offline for security reasons, because we have to assume an illegal cyber attack," said Mayor Mike Schubert. "We are working flat out to ensure that the affected administration systems are switched on again as soon as possible and that we can work safely again. Until then, we ask for your patience in all matters relating to the citizen service facilities,” Schubert continued. 

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  • Detecting unauthorized network access attempts with its built-in Structured Threat Information eXpression (STIX/TAXII) feeds processor. Log360 also has a global IP threat database that can instantly detect known malicious traffic passing through the network as well as outbound connections to malicious domains and callback servers. 
  • Finding potential insider threats with its user and entity behavior analytics engine, which creates a baseline of normal activities that are specific to each user and notifies security personnel instantly when there's a deviation from this norm.
  • Obtaining important forensic information about incidents. The collected logs can be securely archived to help prove adherence to compliance standards and reduce potential legal penalties during investigations.
  • Automatically raising incidents as tickets to specific technicians in ServiceDesk Plus, JIRA, Zendesk, Kayako, or ServiceNow to create an incident resolution process that's swift and accountable.

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