Vanuatu Struggles Back Online After Cyberattack


The government of Vanuatu announced on Thursday that, following a cyberattack that knocked out emergency services, emails, and phone lines for weeks, it was gradually re-establishing communications.

“70% of the government network,” according to chief information officer Gerard Metsan, has now been restored. This includes crucial emergency lines for ambulance, police, and fire services. He said all government departments were back online after some hardware was replaced but did not specify which services were still impacted. Since November 6, when suspicious activity was first noticed, the nation’s government servers and websites had been down.

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Online services, email, and network-sharing systems were all disrupted by the attack, forcing officials to frequently communicate using alternative channels.

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