Mexico's economy ministry suffers a cyber attack

Mexico's economy ministry suffered a cyber attack on some of its servers on Sunday, according to Reuters. In a statement, it clarified that sensitive information had not been compromised in the attack and it has since boosted its safety measures.

This follows the high-profile cyber attack on Pemex, the Mexican state-owned petroleum company, last November when hackers demanded $5 million in bitcoin as ransom. Resultantly, Pemex was forced to shut down its computers throughout the country.

The ministry has advised providers to temporarily isolate networks and servers; moreover, processing of few forms would be delayed for the time being in a bid to protect their legal status. The ministry stated:

Following an extensive revision, some of the ministry’s servers have been identified as affected, mostly email and archive servers. The ministry’s sensitive information as well as that of its users is not considered compromised.

For now, the ministry hasn't stated whether the cyberattack suffered on Sunday was accompanied by a ransom demand. Companies that are compromised digitally often suffer considerable damage in terms of repute even if they pay the ransom.

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