Wednesday 18 May 2022

Carlos Alvarado assures that cyber attack seeks to destabilize the country

Paying the bills

Latest

Arrival of tourists from the U.S. and Europe recovers

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica registered for April 2022 the...

Fifth wave of covid-19 advances at an accelerated pace; Infections rise 35% in the last week

QCOSTARICA - For the fourth consecutive week, Costa Rica...

Casa Presidencial orders secrecy in public institutions

QCOSTARICA - Jorge Rodríguez Vives, head of the Office...

U.S. Seeks to Bolster Latin American Economies to Curb Migration

Q REPORTS (Bloomberg) The Biden administration is working on...

RECOPE urges ARESEP to lower gasoline prices

QCOSTARICA - In another episode of their recent friction,...

Weather service forecasts more intense rains in Costa Rica from this Tuesday

QCOSTARICA -Starting this Tuesday afternoon and evening, an increase...

When can foreigner residents renew their DIMEX again?

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica's immigration service, the Dirección General...

Dollar Exchange

¢669.05 Buy

¢674.88 small> Sell

18 May 2022 - At The Banks - BCCR

Paying the bills

Share

QCOSTARICA – President Carlos Alvarado, in a recorded video on national television on Thursday, reacted to the cyberattack faced by state systems and assured that it is an attempt to destabilize the country in the transition to the new government.

President Carlos Alvarado addressed the hacker situation in a precorded message on Thursday

Four days after the hacking of government institutions began, the main objective being the servers of the Ministerio de Hacienda (Ministry of Finance), the president published on social networks that the country, in general, is facing the cyber threat.

In addition to Hacienda, platforms or sites of the Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación, Tecnología y Telecomunicaciones (Micitt), Instituto Meteorológico Nacional (IMN), Radiográfica Costarricense (Racsa), the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) and the Ministerio de Trabajo, the Fondo de Desarrollo Social y Asignaciones Familiares were targeted to some degree.

- Advertisement -

Alvarado reaffirmed that the government will not pay any extortion and claims of money that the Conti ransomware has published and asked the public to unite against this type of criminal act.

President-elect Rodrigo Chaves, who assumes office at noon on May 8, has not commented on the cyberattack.

On the dark web, the Russia-based cybercrime group Conti claimed responsibility, demanding US$10 million from Costa Rica in exchange for releasing stolen or encrypted data.

“This attack is not an issue of money, but seeks to threaten the stability of the country in a situation of transition,” the president said, who affirmed that his government is taking the situation seriously and thanked the offer of help from countries such as the United States, Spain, and Israel.

Wednesday morning, the Ministry of Finance filed a complaint with the Fraud Prosecutor’s Office, referring to violations of the Tax Standards and Procedures Code of criminal behavior such as unauthorized access to information, improper handling of information systems and computer crimes typified in the General Customs Law.

The Prosecutor’s Office confirmed that an investigation is underway.

- Advertisement -

The hackers accessed historical taxpayer information considered “sensitive” after intervening in the Treasury’s customs platforms, Finance Minister Elian Villegas said on Wednesday, without specifying the amount of data breached.

Some websites, including those of tax and customs, remained suspended for the fourth day, causing a bottleneck in imports and exports.

At the Peñas Blancas border with Nicaragua, transporters have been complaining of the long lines, the delays due to the fact that customs paperwork has to be processed manually.

The drivers, many from all over Central America, have also denounced personal attacks on them and their rigs.

- Advertisement -

The country’s exporters union reported losses of US$200 million on Wednesday.

Alvarado said government officials, with the help of cyber experts from private companies and international organizations, are still working to assess the damage, prevent new attacks, and restore services.

The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) warned in March of cyberattacks by Conti, known for using ransomware programs to extort millions of dollars from its targets.

The Ministerio de Hacienda (Ministry of Finance) server were the primary targets of the conti ransomware

The attack

The attack on the Ministry of Finance servers took place on Sunday, April 17, the last day of the Semana Santa holiday, leaving the attack unnoticed until Monday morning, April 18, raising questions in itself about how seriously government agencies take their cybersecurity.

At first, the Finance Ministry downplayed the attack against them, after first claiming only that the site was down.

Conti claims to have encrypted the data from the Ministry of Finance and has threatened to release it on April 23rd unless they get paid.

Conti is malicious software classified as ransomware. Systems infected with this malware have their data encrypted.

Along with encrypting networks and demanding payment for the decryption key, one of the key hallmarks of Conti ransomware attacks is stealing sensitive data from victims and threatening to publish it if the ransom isn’t paid

 

 

- Advertisement -
Paying the bills
Ricohttp://www.theqmedia.com
"Rico" is the crazy mind behind the Q media websites, a series of online magazines where everything is Q! In these times of new normal, stay at home. Stay safe. Stay healthy.

Related Articles

President Chaves: “We are at war and that is not an exaggeration”

QCOSTARICA - President Rodrigo Chaves said this Monday that there are...

A King and Two Presidents

TODAY COSTA RICA - The weekend (May 7 and 8, 2022)...

Subscribe to our stories

To be updated with all the latest news, offers and special announcements.