13 May 2022

Costa Rica Declares National Emergency Following Conti Cyber-Attack

After suffering from a cyberattack perpetrated by the notorious Conti ransomware gang, Costa Rica’s government has declared a national emergency. The Conti group is believed to be linked to the Russian state, and has publicly claimed responsibility for the incident. The Conti group allegedly disrupted IT systems spanning several Costa

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10 May 2022

Costa Rica in a State of Emergency: Is Conti Gang Cyber Attack a “Sphere of Influence” Shot Across the Bow?

Since yesterday, on the day when a new president took the helm in Costa Rica, a state of emergency was declared in the country based on the impact cyber-attack by the Russia-affiliated Conti Ransomware Gang.  Following is what the journalist trade calls a “tic-toc” of the incident – with a formative analysis of mitigation efforts and impacts of the attack and ongoing impact of the state of emergency.  

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09 May 2022

Costa Rica declares national emergency after Conti ransomware attacks

The Costa Rican President Rodrigo Chaves has declared a national emergency following cyber attacks from Conti ransomware group on multiple government bodies. BleepingComputer also observed Conti published most of the 672 GB dump that appears to contain data belonging to the Costa Rican government agencies. The declaration was signed into

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26 Apr 2022

Costa Rica Refuses to Pay Cyber Ransom

Costa Rica has announced that it will not pay ransom demands requested by cybercriminals following a cyberattack that infected its government computer systems. The disruptions were first reported last week by Costa Rica’s Finance Ministry. The attack on the ministry disrupted several national processes such as tax collection, payment of

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04 Apr 2022

Costa Rica elects political newcomer Chaves as president

An economist, Rodrigo Chaves won the presidential election in Costa Rica according to preliminary results. Chaves has a lead of over five percentage points over a previous president, José María Figueres. Voter turnout was the lowest in decades due to expressed dissatisfaction with Costa Rica’s economy.  Figueres was running for

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01 May 2020

Hackers say they stole millions of credit cards from Banco BCR

The Banco BCR, the state-owned Bank of Costa Rica, was reportedly hacked and 11 million credit card credentials were allegedly stolen. Hackers claimed to have gained access to the bank’s network in August of 2019, stating that they did not encrypt devices as the possible damage was too high. The

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