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Cyber ​​attack on a third housing association, possibly personal data on the street

The Laurentius and Alwel condominiums in Breda have come under a digital attack. The two housing association sites have been largely disrupted since the end of last week. Companies are also not accessible or difficult to reach by email and phone. It’s the thousandth cyber attack on a housing company in a short time, because Zayaz in Den Bosch was also a victim of hackers.

According to Alwel, there could be a data breach, because hackers can also gain access to the personal details of the tenants. “To be on the safe side, we ask that you pay close attention to, for example, false emails, text messages or false phone calls.”

“We don’t know exactly how this happened and what this means to you at this time,” Alwal said in a press release. The company reported the cyber attack to the Dutch Data Protection Authority and immediately took measures to secure the system and data.

“All systems are down, we’re really out of touch”
Laurentius also confirmed Wednesday that he was the victim of a cyber attack. “All systems are down,” said spokeswoman Ingrid van Loon. It is not clear if the perpetrators asked for money. “We’re determining the extent of the damage, but we’re really out of reach.”

According to Van Loon, the office in Breda is open to visitors. In addition, the company has used a phone backup that can only respond to emergencies. Laurentius manages 8300 rental properties.

The Bossche housing association also hacked
Housing company Zayaz in Den Bosch has also been flat since Sunday due to a digital attack. The personal data of people from the 13,500 homes they rented may have been leaked.

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The cyber attack was revealed when the company noticed that it was not easily accessible to customers. “Then we started calling each other and gradually finding out there was more going on.”

“We don’t know exactly what’s going on just yet. We’re currently investigating that,” said Lianne Van Claveren of Zyaz on Tuesday evening.

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