Two days ago, the Senate of the Nation suffered a cyberattack carried out by hackers in which data from the Upper House would have been “kidnapped”.
The Upper House explained that the attack occurred at four in the morning on Wednesday and that information was sequestered. Although he clarified that “all the stolen information is public and is available to everyone within our transparency site”, there are versions that indicate that much of the stolen information is sensitive, Infobae published.
Sources close to the presidency of the Senate told that outlet that “work is being done to return to normality”, that the stolen information “is not sensitive” and that until now “there has been no ransom request and, if there is, no nothing will be paid”.
This decision has to do with the fact that, they say, the stolen information is “public access” and that from the moment of the attack “our Computer Security team is working. So far, it has been possible to recover most of the relevant information and isolate the sensitive equipment, which will allow us to recover operations as soon as possible”.
The same sources indicated that the state of the situation “is not critical. What these operations do is encrypt the information and we are decrypting it”. This is what is known as a hijack in the world of cyber attacks where hackers hide the information and without a key they are not released. This key is obtained by paying a “ransom” that is generally carried out in cryptocurrencies through virtual wallets.
The Senate officially explained that these types of attacks are “called ransomware” and that they are similar to those that have been perpetrated in recent months against various public bodies, the Judiciary, and leading companies.