Last Sunday (11), the National Library website was the target of a attack ransomware and had to be taken down. The agency, linked to the Special Secretariat for Culture, opted for shut down servers to alleviate the potential problems caused and new invasions.

However, last Tuesday (13) the site was activated again, and the victim of a second invasion. In a note, he was informed that "few documents were reached" and that, probably, everything that was extracted should be recovered. A return date from the website was not informed.

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Ransomware attacks typically require a “ransom” for files that are extracted and encrypted by attackers. That way, a victim can lose access to his databases unless he pays an amount - usually in cryptocurrencies like bitcoin - by the cryptographic key. Digital security experts recommend not pay for the ransom exactly to prevent criminals from profiting from the practice.

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The National Library website has not yet been scheduled to be reactivated. Image: Wikipedia / Reproduction

The National Library said it had notified the Institutional Security Office of the Presidency of the Republic to investigate the case. Also, that a police report was opened and that other judicial measures are being taken.

Attack on the STF

In November 2020, the Federal Supreme Court (STF) also suffered a ransomware attack that “Hijacked” processes and emails. The invasion also caused the court to interrupt its activities and called on the Federal Police to investigate it.

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However, in the same month, the FBI announced that the FTS servers were exploited, at least, since April last year. In addition to the STF, the Superior Court of Justice (STJ) was also impacted by the virtual attack, affecting access to e-mails.

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