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What is happening in Latin America with the kidnapping of data from governments

What is happening in Latin America with the kidnapping of data from governments
Conti and LAPSUS$ are two groups of cybercriminals that have carried out computer attacks in the region.
Conti and LAPSUS$ are two groups of cybercriminals that have carried out computer attacks in the region.

Currently, the governments of the region are on alert for possible threats to their institutions. Although most cases have occurred in isolation, Recently, an entity in Peru and another in Chile were victims of data hijacking.

Germán Patiño, vice president of sales for Latin America at Lumu Technologies, points out that there are also cases of information kidnapping in Colombia and Mexico.

LAPSU$ is another group of cybercriminals that have carried out ransomware-type attacks (data hijacking) for less than two months on the continent.

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It is speculated that the strategy of these attacks to capture money for data ransoms works like this:

1. Generate disruption to capture the attention of the Government and start a negotiation.

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2. If there is a possibility that information may have been lost during the intervention, cybercriminals threaten to reveal citizens’ data that they have previously encrypted and with this, demand payment for the ransom.

3. If it is proven that the criminal group does indeed have information, it will increase the amount of money requested from the government in question.

4. Finally, it again increases the amount of money to sums of millions of dollars, threatening to make the sequestered information public.

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However, Germán points out that despite these threats, the governments of the region have been investing in cybersecurity.

In addition, it suggests that investing in cybersecurity is not the same as being protected because security systems must be operated frequently, and that is where public entities in Latin America have a weakness, since According to an ISC2 report, there is a cybersecurity talent gap of almost 70% on the subcontinent.

According to IBM when an entity identifies an attack, the systems were invaded 186 days before.

Recommendations to avoid cases of ransomware

-Do not neglect the alerts indicated by cybersecurity systemsmust be attended to immediately.

-Increase the visibility of digital assets, that is, monitor the threat status of all the devices in the organization.

-With the investment in cybersecurity, it is not necessary to assume that one is protected, but on the contrary, take advantage of the computer security systems acquired to permanently develop strategies that allow possible cybercrimes to be prevented.

The case of Costa Rica

CONTI, group of Russian cybercriminals With affinity to the political ideology of the current government of that country, they claim responsibility for the attack on the Central American government systems.

Even the US FBI issued a statement offering a reward for finding the CONTI authors involved in the cyber attack.

The main consequence for citizens is that there was no system for paying and registering taxes and not being able to collect them.

There is a theory that after the attack on the Costa Rican government, this group has been dismantled into small isolated units that continue to operate around the world..

The unfortunate thing about the event is that there are no clear reasons why the Government of Costa Rica was the victim, which implies that any other state in the region could have been the focus of cybercrime.

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