Puigneró affirms that the cyber attack on the Generalitat was planned and contracted

  • At midnight yesterday all the affected services and web pages were working normally.

  • The Government indicates that no data theft has occurred nor has any ransom been requested.

All the systems and web pages of the Generalitat de Catalunya that on Friday they suffered a cyber attack, and that they stopped providing service for more than three hours, have overcome the intrusion and they already work normally. In fact, starting at 10:00 p.m. they were reestablishing little by little. The vice president of the Government and ‘minister’ of Digital Policies, Jordi Puigneró, has indicated that this cyber attack was “absolutely planned and contracted “, and not carried out by amateur hackers. That is why he has indicated that they will investigate the authorship and motives of the crime.

Puigneró has indicated in an interview with channel 3/24 that fortunately there has been no data theft or ransom requested to void the attack. The reason, according to the minister, is that “it is not an attack of this type, it was an attack of denial of service, to prevent citizens from accessing information services “.

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After the attack, which occurred mid-afternoon on Friday, the Ciberseguretat agency of the Generalitat managed to recover the totality of the applications in three hours affected, about 2,000, mostly on web pages related to the Catalan Audiovisual Media Corporation (CCMA), such as that of TV-3 and Catalunya Ràdio, as well as some parts of the website of My Health, among other.

According to a statement issued by the Government, the attack “was four times more serious than the one suffered by the Generalitat during 9N 2014”, although the rapid response was possible thanks to the countermeasures established in the protocol. The cyberattack occurred in two waves. The first detection was at 6:55 p.m., thanks to the existing monitoring systems. When the systems were already recovering, there was a second wave, but by 10:30 p.m. all services and applications had recovered.


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