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The computer attack against the CSIC has not put relevant information at risk

The Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) receives more than 260,000 computer attacks dailyassured this Wednesday the Minister of Science and Innovation, Diana Morant.

In an interview on RAC1, when asked about the ransomware cyberattack of Russian origin that the CSIC suffered on July 16 and 17, the minister explained that the reach of the virus has been limitedaffecting about 7 centers of the 140 that the organization groups, and that no relevant information has been put at risk.

Regarding the origin of the attack, Morant has stated that it comes from Russia, but has pointed out that “it will be very difficult to know what the source was” and that “it does not have to be related to the war” in Ukraine.

We have to get used to these things. I give a figure that makes you dizzy: the CSIC receives more than 260,000 attacks a day“, has pointed out the minister, who has highlighted that other organizations such as the US space agency NASA or the Max Planck Institute have also been victims of this type of cyberattack.

Every day we receive cyberattacks on truly critical infrastructure such as an airport, a train station or a power plant. Therefore, what we have to do is keep working to be better prepared,” he added.

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Regarding the attack that the CISC suffered on July 16 and 17, the minister explained that it was detected “immediately” and that the National Cryptologic Center launched security protocols, based on disconnecting the equipment, to prevent the spread of the virus. , which in this case is characterized by encrypting information and “kidnapping” it and then demanding a ransom for it.

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“None of the information that has been encrypted and that has been seized has value in terms of research, that is, no patent or relevant data has been affected,” Morant said, noting that all the CSIC centers are already working “very normally” and that the reconnection of the equipment is being carried out gradually.

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