Spanish Scientific Research Center Struck by Suspected Russian Ransomware Cyberattack

Spain’s Ministry of Science said Russia allegedly targeted a scientific research center with a ransomware attack.

According to Spain’s cybersecurity authorities, they detected the ransomware on July 18, which infiltrated the Spanish National Research Council on July 16 and 17.

The science ministry described the cyberattack as similar to the attacks against the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and Germany’s Max Planck Institute.

In 2021, Russia allegedly attacked NASA with malware installed in the SolarWinds-sold Orion software.

Initial investigations showed that the recent cyberattack had not compromised any sensitive or confidential information from Spain’s research center.

The science ministry said the Cybersecurity Operations Center (COCS) and the National Cryptologic Center (CCN) had activated security protocols after they detected the ransomware.

The research center has limited its online access after the attack. The science ministry said the connection would be restored in a few days.

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