Due to a data breach, Lower Saxony’s State Office for Geoinformation and Land Surveying (LGLN) has to inform around 25,000 online customers who may be affected. A spokeswoman for the authorities said on Tuesday that the names, addresses, e-mail addresses and possibly also telephone numbers of customers who had purchased LGLN digital products online had been stolen. The newspaper “Neue Presse” in Hanover first reported on the data leak.
The authority warns customers of possible phishing mails in which they could be asked to enter sensitive information. As a precaution, online customers of the last two years will be informed.
LKA and data protection officer informed
The LGLN initially took all web services of the same type offline in order to subject them to a deeper analysis by internal and external experts. The Lower Saxony State Criminal Police Office (LKA) and the state data protection officer were also informed. It is still unclear when all web services will be available again without restrictions.
A number of services such as “land values online” continue to work, the spokeswoman said. For example, if you need data and maps to buy a piece of land, you should send an email to the relevant cadastral office. The relevant information would then be made available.