A Russian cyberattack has left the CSIC incommunicado for two weeks, confirms the Ministry of Science

A Russian cyberattack has left the CSIC incommunicado for two weeks, confirms the Ministry of Science

The largest Spanish scientific organization suffers a major ransomware attack that has forced it to cut off all communications between its centers. He hasn’t recovered yet.

Since the invasion of Ukraine, the cyber attacks from Russia have increased in countries that have shown their support for the invaded country. Government science centers are a prime target for Russian hackers.

As happened before with the Max Planck Institute or NASA, the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC)suffered on July 16 and 17 a serious ransomware attack from Russiawhich was detected on day 18.

The protocol marked by the Cybersecurity Operations Center (COCS) and the National Cryptologic Center (CCN) was immediately activated.

According to the Ministry of Science and Innovation in a press release, “to date, no loss or hijacking of sensitive or confidential information has been detected.”

The measures used to control and resolve the attack have led to a cut of access to the network in various centersfollowing the strict international protocol necessary to stop the incident and guarantee that the attack does not spread to the centers that have not been directly affected.

The CSIC is made up of 121 institutes and three national centers distributed throughout all the autonomous communities, which is why it depends on an extensive computer network that connects all the centres.

According to the Ministry of Science and Innovation, despite the fact that 15 days have passed since the ransomware attack, only a quarter of the CSIC centers have recovered the Internet connection. The rest remain incommunicado.

The CSIC has multiple security mechanisms that have already prevented about 260,000 recorded attacks.

Since the invasion of Ukraine, Spain raised the cybersecurity alert to level 3, out of the 5 available.

Attacks like this on key institutions of Ukraine’s friendly countries have been repeated endlessly since last February. Russia is also suffering numerous cyberattacks in their public bodies.

The war of the 21st century is not only fought on the battlefield.

Source: computerhoy.com

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