Costa Rica Declares State of Emergency Over Cyberattacks

Costa Rican authorities declared a national emergency on Wednesday after the Russia-based Conti ransomware gang claimed responsibility for cyber-attacks on government systems. 

President Rodrigo Chaves signed a decree believed to be the first-ever government response to a cyber-attack.  

Chaves described the attack on April 18 as an act of “cyber-terrorism.” 

The Conti gang was reported to be extorting the Costa Rican government for millions after working on its IT systems across several ministries and threatening to publish stolen data online.  

The Conti group has since reportedly leaked 97% of the stolen data. 

Last week, the US Department of State offered a $15m reward for information leading to identification, arrest, and conviction of individuals involved in attacks using the Conti ransomware variant. 

“The FBI estimates that as of January 2022, there had been over 1,000 victims of attacks associated with Conti ransomware with victim payouts exceeding $150,000,000, making the Conti Ransomware variant the costliest strain of ransomware ever documented,” the Department of State added. 

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