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Quantum ransomware attack disrupts govt agency in Dominican Republic

Posted on Aug 25, 2022
Quantum ransomware attack disrupts govt agency in Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic's Instituto Agrario Dominicano has suffered a Quantum ransomware attack that encrypted multiple services and workstations throughout the government agency.

The Instituto Agrario Dominicano (IAD) is part of the Ministry of Agriculture and is responsible for executing Agrarian Reform programs in the country.

Local media reports that the ransomware attack occurred on August 18th, which has impacted the agency's operation.

"They ask for more than 600 thousand dollars. We were affected by four physical servers and eight virtual servers; virtually all servers," IAD Director of Technology Walixson Amaury Nuñez told local media.

The National Cybersecurity Center (CNCS), which has been assisting the agency recover from the attack, says that the IP addresses of the attackers were from the U.S. and Russia.

"The information was totally compromised, because the databases, applications, emails, etc., were affected," assured Núñez.

The IAD has told local media that they only had basic security software on their systems, such as antivirus, and lack a dedicated security department.

Full article on https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/quantum-ransomware-attack-disrupts-govt-agency-in-dominican-republic/

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