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Ransomware Attack Strikes Spain’s Employment Agency

Posted on Mar 13, 2021
Ransomware Attack Strikes Spain’s Employment Agency

Reports say that the agency in charge of managing Spain’s unemployment benefits has been hit by the Ryuk ransomware.

The Spanish State Employment Service (SEPE) in Spain has been hit by a cyberattack, suspending its communications systems across hundreds of offices and delaying thousands of appointments.

SEPE is an “autonomous body” in Spain that manages and controls unemployment benefits. The cyberattack hit during an already strenuous time for the agency, which is dealing with an overflow of requests for unemployment benefits as the coronavirus pandemic has forced companies globally to make cuts to their workforces.

According to Spanish trade union Central Sindical Independiente y de Funcionarios (CSIF), the attack has has affected the organization’s 710 offices. The labor union claimed that the cyberattack stemmed from ransomware – however, further details about the attack, including its origin and the ransom demand, are unknown.

According to Business Insider Spain, the cyberattack is the work of the Ryuk ransomware. The threat group has hit a number of organizations over the past year, such as Universal Health Services.

CSIF said the incident has delayed the management of “hundreds of thousands” of appointments in Spain for those trying to file for unemployment benefits. SEPE, for its part, said that it is still working to manually process unemployment benefit requests and it is not necessary to renew requests.

Full article on https://threatpost.com/ransomware-attack-spain-employment-agency/164703/

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