The Ministry of Labor has suffered this Wednesday a new computer attack exactly three months after the one against the State Public Employment Service and that forced to paralyze the attention in offices and delayed thousands of procedures for weeks.

This time the attack is not having appreciable consequences on the citizens, because it has been directed against the central services of the ministry, and not against the SEPE: the offices are open normally, as they have an autonomous computer system, and few issues have to be postponed because they require connection to central services, which has been cut off as a precautionary measure.

In the bureaucratic center of the Ministry, on the other hand, and in the services that depend more on it (such as the Labor Inspectorate) the situation is very different: computers are turned off, to prevent the spread of the attack, while the computer scientists of the department and those of the National Cryptological Center work to know its origin and scope. Ministry employees try to continue the activity using laptops with networks not connected to the ministry.

It is not yet known if there is a relationship between the attack of this Wednesday and the one that occurred exactly three months earlier. In the ministry they point out a similarity: the attack in March was also of the ransomware (in which hackers usually block access to data to ask for a ransom or to steal it) and it was peculiar because ended with no ransom request or data theft, and in this one of today, for the moment, it is the same: neither request for money nor theft of documentation; but it is still too early, they emphasize, to know if there is a relationship between one and the other.

The problems in the central services of the Ministry of Labor are also occurring in the central services of the Ministry of Inclusion, because even though the two ministries broke up almost a year and a half ago, they still shared a central server. Of course, they emphasize from the department headed by José Luis Escrivá, that their offices, both Social Security and Immigration, are operating normally and the attack has not reached there.

“We don’t take them seriously”

Interviewed in Hour 14, Borja Adsuara, an expert lawyer in digital law and professor at the Villanueva University, has detailed that “there are very professional people launching these attacks and, in addition, they are becoming even more professional because the ransoms are paid and with that new more undetectable attacks are financed “.

Adsuara believes that not all the necessary measures have been taken: “We are not taking it seriously. The bad guys are ahead because they invest more and more money and sign higher-level people. If this has happened in a Ministry, imagine how the situation is in thousands of municipalities “.

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