Cyberattack at Mexico’s Economy Ministry

Mexican institutions are heavily targeted by cyberattacks

Cyberattack at Mexico’s Economy Ministry
Many Mexican institutions lack IT security - Photo: File photo/EL UNIVERSAL
English 25/02/2020 14:49 Reuters Mexico City Adriana Barrera, Stefanie Eschenbacher & Clarence Fernández/REUTERS Actualizada 15:00
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On Sunday, Mexico’s Economy Ministry detected a cyberattack on some of its servers but did not consider sensitive information to have been compromised, and beefed up safety measures, it said in a statement.

It was the second high-profile cyberattack on the Mexican government after hackers demanded USD $5 million in bitcoin from national oil company Pemex last November, forcing it to shut down computers nationwide.

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Providers have been asked to temporarily isolate networks and servers, the ministry said on Monday, adding that the processing of some forms would be temporarily suspended to protect their legal status.

“Following an extensive revision, some of the Ministry’s servers have been identified as affected, mostly email and archive servers,” it added.

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“The Ministry’s sensitive information, as well as that of its users, is not considered compromised.”

It was not immediately clear if the cyberattack was accompanied by a ransom demand as was the case for Pemex. Companies taken hostage digitally can suffer catastrophic damage, regardless of whether they pay ransom.

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