A group of hackers assured that they had gained access to official documents of the Argentine government and offered access to them in exchange for $200,000.
via twitter accountDarktracer: Darkweb Criminal Intelligence’, usually specializing in publishing alerts about hacker activities on the Deep Web, it was announced that an official Argentine database was put up for sale in a forum. The most dangerous element of the attack is that alleged cybercriminals not only offer to access public data, but also edit it.
As is often the case in these cases, the identity of the authors of the proposal is unknown. They identify themselves as members of the ‘Everest ransomware gang’ group, which is already in the news this week after announcing a similar attack on the Peruvian Ministry of Economy and Finance, up to $100,000 to the relevant database. Access offered.
Official sources consulted infobae He assured that they are analyzing whether the threat is real.
What does ransomware mean and why is it so dangerous?
Felipe Gómez, Director of Security, Data Center and Lumen Technologies Specialist explained that ransomware is one of the major cyber threats in terms of security, although it can affect any computer on the network, but is largely perpetrated by groups of cybercriminals. It has been exploited to attack. Organization.
Ransomware is a type of virus or malware that is sent through spam and other methods, the purpose of this strategy is to make the user click on malicious links that facilitate the access of these cyber attacks, usually these hacker groups hijack or Lock files or the entire system, preventing the user from accessing them.
“Ransomware is a hijacker. It uses encryption, holding files and systems hostage. In theory, when the victim pays the ransom amount, they obtain the decryption key, locking files or systems.” Let’s release,” Gomez said.
According to a report by antivirus company Kaspersky, between 2019 and 2020, the number of companies facing targeted ransomware attack attempts increased by 767%
According to Felipe Gomez, these attacks are not perpetrated by criminal gangs; The current panorama is made up of several groups, each specialized in a specific task.