Vanuatu officials turn to phone books and typewriters, one month after cyber attack

At the end of October, the tiny South Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu was hit by a cyberattack with devastating consequences. They officially acknowledged the incident as an attack on November 5. Now, almost a month later, they are still struggling to recover. Christopher Cottrell reports:

One month after a cyber-attack brought down government servers and websites in Vanuatu, frustrated officials were still using private Gmail accounts, personal laptops, pen and paper, and typewriters to run the government of the prime minister, Ishmael Kalsakau, who came into office just a few days after the crash.

The malware attack on state networks has caused delays in communication and coordination in the Pacific island nation of 314,000 people and 80 islands.

People resorted to the online Yellow Pages or the hard copy phone directory to locate government phone numbers. Some offices were running from their Facebook pages and Twitter.

Read more at The Guardian.

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