Hackers attack Argentina’s Senate website, steal information and demand ransom

The Senate of Argentina reported this Friday that it suffered a ‘ransomware’, as it is known the temporary theft of information by hackers who later demand the payment of a ransom to return access to files and documents.

The computer attack against the Senate was perpetrated at 04:00 in the morning (local time) on Wednesday, January 12, as reported by the upper house on its Twitter account.

“These kinds of attacks (…) were perpetrated in recent months against various public bodies, of the Judiciary and front-line companies”, detailed the Senate.

In the case of the ‘ransomware’ reported this Friday, the Senate clarified that “all the stolen information is public and is available to everyone” on the transparency portal. However, the parliament’s computer security team responded to the attack and “managed to recover most of the relevant information and isolate the sensitive equipment”, to “recover the operation as soon as possible”.

As of 4:30 p.m. local time on Friday, the Senate website was inaccessible. When trying to enter, a blank page was displayed, with a legend that read: “Sorry for the inconvenience, the site is under maintenance”.

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On August 27, 2020, the National Directorate of Migration (DNM), dependent on the Ministry of the Interior, reported that he had suffered a attempted cyberattack that caused the fall of services.

The computer attack caused delays in the entry and exit of the national territory, because the Comprehensive Migratory Capture System (SICaM) was “particularly affected.”

The criminals tried to collect a ransom of four million dollars for the information, and since the Argentine government decided not to pay, they decided to upload information on migratory flows, consulates and embassies to a blog on the dark web.

In October 2021, the National Registry of People (Renaper) reported the “improper use” of “keys” from the Ministry of Health for “filter images as pertaining to personal procedures“.

The instance ruled out that the database suffered “any data breach or leak.” However, the incident generated concern because a Twitter user spread personal data of Argentine personalities, including information on President Alberto Fernández and soccer player Lionel Messi, according to reports. local media.

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