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Caribbean Island Suffers Cyberattack, MSSP Expert Recommends Low-Code Automation

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The Caribbean island of Martinique has experienced a cyberattack that disrupted internet services and other infrastructure, according to published reports.

Martinique's government disclosed a cyberattack in a notice released May 24, 2023. It also published a notice about cyberattacks on June 2, 2023, The Record reported.

A Closer Look at the Martinique Cyberattack

Martinique's cyberattack began May 16, 2023, according to government officials. It impacted systems for education and finance services and government offices, the Record reported. The number of people affected by the cyberattack remains unknown.

Once the cyberattack was discovered, government officials isolated affected systems. They also worked with cybersecurity experts to restore these systems.

The Rhysida ransomware group has taken credit for Martinique's cyberattack, reported. It has leaked stolen files from the attack, many of which may contain government data.

How Should Martinique Organizations Respond to the Cyberattack?

Martinique government officials are asking organizations and their employees to disconnect any computers that may be impacted by the cyberattack, the Record stated. Organizations should have their IT teams assess these computers and find out if any malicious software has been installed on them. They should notify the police if they suspect their systems have been affected by the cyberattack, too.

France's National Agency for Information Systems Security is encouraging organizations to teach their employees about cyber hygiene. It is urging organizations to use antivirus software, firewalls and other security tools as well.

In addition, Nick Tausek, lead security automation architect at security orchestration, automation and response (SOAR) platform provider Swimlane, told MSSP Alert that low-code security automation can help Martinique and other cities guard against cyberattacks:

"To avoid cyberattacks such as the one experienced by Martinique, cities must implement appropriate measures to keep their valuable data secure. Cybersecurity platforms that integrate detection, response and investigation capabilities into a single program can provide full visibility of IT environments, enable real-time threat detection and response and reduce risks of data exposure.

"By utilizing low-code security automation, cities can enhance their data protection level, safeguard sensitive information and continue to fulfill their mission of keeping the city safe."

Cyberattack Disrupts Martinique's Search for an Official Flag and Hymn

Previously, Martinique suffered a cyberattack in January 2023 that interrupted a two-week online voting window for its residents to select an official flag and hymn, The Associated Press reported. The attack forced Martinique government officials to temporarily shut down the island's online voting system.

Martinique is a Caribbean island controlled by France. The island has a population of approximately 360,000 residents.

Dan Kobialka

Dan Kobialka is senior contributing editor, MSSP Alert and ChannelE2E. He covers IT security, IT service provider business strategies and partner programs. Dan holds a M.A. in Print and Multimedia Journalism from Emerson College and a B.A. in English from Bridgewater State University. In his free time, Dan enjoys jogging, traveling, playing sports, touring breweries and watching football.