They hack the Argentine Senate.  Photo Senate.gob

The Senate of the Argentine Nation suffered a cyber attack ransomware this Wednesday, a type of virus that hijacks information to extort ransom money in return.

“The Senate of the Nation suffered an attack by hackers on January 12 at 4 AM. These types of attacks, called ransomware, have been perpetrated in recent months against various public bodies, the Judiciary and top-tier companies”, they explained from the Twitter account of the Argentine Senate.

“Our Information 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”, they added.

Sources from the Senate lowered the tone of the problem, after consulting Clarion: “It’s nothing to write home about, nothing was lost and nothing is affected. In a matter of hours everything returns to normal.

In fact, from the account itself they minimized it. “The pirates kidnap the information and then demand a ransom for it. In the case of the Senate of the Nation, all the stolen information is public and is available to everyone within our website. transparency“, tuiteron.

For this reason, At the time of publication of this note, the official website of the Senate is inaccessible and gives an error.

They hack the Argentine Senate. Photo Senate.gob

At the moment they did not confirm what kind of ransomware is, but sources close to computer security assure that it is Vice Society, a group that uses different types of programs to encrypt information.

One of the ways it operates is through spam, that is, spam email, after the execution of attachments.

It is not the first time that a state agency is the victim of a cyber attack. Last year, an unauthorized access managed to extract data from the Renaper and sold it in a forum for buying and selling personal data.

In 2020, the National Migration Directorate suffered a cyberattack that published thousands of personal data of Argentine citizens.

What is ransomware

Programs that hijack information.  Photo: Shutterstock

Programs that hijack information. Photo: Shutterstock

It is a type of malware that manages to take control of the device to encrypt access to it and/or our files or hard drives. In exchange for regaining control and information, asks the user to pay a ransom.

Its name is an acronym for “data rescue program”: ransom in English it means ransom, and ware is a shortening of the well-known word software, a data hijacking program. Ransomware is a subtype of malware, acronym for “malicious program” (malicius software).

Now, this type of virus acts by restricting access to parts of our personal information, or all of it. And in general, hackers exploit this to ask for something in return: money.

Ransoms are usually demanded in cryptocurrencies, since the transactions carried out on the blockchain are all public, but anonymous.

While some simple ransomware can lock down the system in a simple way, the most advanced ones use a technique called extortion”cryptoviral”, in which the victim’s files are encrypted, making them completely inaccessible.

Ransomware attacks are generally more targeted than malware: cybercriminalss point to computer systems that belong to corporate businesses or States, and this has to do with the fact that they are more “juicy” victims to extract money from them.

The ransomware It has multiple ways of getting there and the most common historically are associated with programs that we install ourselves through, for example, an email attachment.

The Senate has not yet given an explanation as to where they believe the threat came from.

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