A data center that stores data from the Argentine government was attacked by a ransomware virus that encrypted files and demanded a ransom in bitcoins to decrypt them.
According to the Minister of science and technology of Argentina Alicia Banuelos (Alicia Bañuelos), 7.7 TB of data was encrypted, but at the moment it specialists were able to decrypt 90% of the files.
“The ransomware attack encrypted Argentine government files that had been collected for 10 years. It took us 15 days to decrypt the files, ” Banuelos said.
The attack occurred on November 25. The amount of ransom demanded by hackers is not reported, but according to various sources, it could be from 5 to 50 bitcoins, which at the current rate is from $37,000 to $370,000.
According to Europol, ransomware viruses have become the most popular way for hackers to get money. Recently, the computer systems of the South African city of Johannesburg were attacked by a similar program. The hackers demanded that the city authorities transfer them 4 BTC, but the officials refused to do so.