Conti would have stolen sensitive information from Costa Rica

The Costa Rican authorities reported a few days ago of the “hacking” committed by the cyber group in at least five state institutions.

The Government of Costa Rica reported this Saturday (04.23.2022) of the possible theft of information during a new cyber attack by the Conti cyber group registered with the Administrative Board of the Cartago Electric Service (JASEC), reported an official source.

The Ministry of Environment, Energy and Telecommunications (MICTT) revealed in a press conference the possible leak of information about JASEC clients.

Conti -according to a report by the United States Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)- is dedicated to ransomware attacks (extortion program), stealing files and documents from servers, and then demanding ransom. According to CISA, Conti is linked to more than 1,000 cyberattacks around the world.

“Yes, there could be subscriber information. I do not guarantee it, but there could be a theft (…) It is important to alert people to be careful of unwanted calls and links (for possible scams),” explained the director of Governance Digital, Jorge Mora.

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The president of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado, referred to the situation last Thursday and affirmed that this attack “is not a matter of money” but rather “seeks to threaten the stability of the country in a transition situation”, since on 8 Alvarado will finish his term in May and hand over power to President-elect Rodrigo Chaves.

In addition, from the Administrative Board of the Electrical Service of Cartago and mainly from the Ministry of Finance, the MICITT, and the Labor and Social Security Ministry have also been attacked this week; as well as the National Meteorological Institute (IMN), Costa Rican Radiographic Institute (RACSA) and the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS).

The authorities have reported that they are working to clean up and restore the platforms that were damaged by the cyberattack, mainly the ATV, which is used for filing and paying taxes; the TICA, through which exports and imports are processed, and the system for the payment of salaries of the central government.

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