The Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) receives more than 260,000 computer attacks every day, the Minister of Science and Innovation, Diana Morant, assured this Wednesday.
In an interview in RAC1, when being asked about the ransomware cyberattack of Russian origin that the CSIC suffered. On July 16 and 17, the minister explained thatthe scope of the virus has been limited, affecting some 7 centers of the 140 that the organization groups, and no relevant information has been put at risk.
About the origin of the attack Morant has claimed that it comes from Russia, but has pointed out that “it will be very difficult to know what the source was” and that “it does not have to be related to the war” in Ukraine.
“We have to get used to these things. I give a figure that makes you dizzy: the CSIC receives more than 260,000 attacks a day“, said the minister, who has highlighted that other organizations such as the US space agency NASA or the Institute Max Planck have also been victims of this type of cyberattack.
“Every day we receive cyberattacks on truly critical infrastructuresuch as an airport, train station, or power plant. Therefore, what we have to do is continue working to be better prepared”, she added.
Regarding the attack that the CISC suffered on July 16 and 17, the minister explained that It was detected “immediately” and that the National Cryptologic Center launched security protocols, based on disconnecting the equipment, to prevent the spread of the virus, which in this case is characterized by encrypting information and “sequestering” it. and then ask for a ransom for it.
“None of the information that has been encrypted and that has been kidnapped has value in terms of investigation, that is, it has not been affected no patents or relevant data”, Morant has indicated, who has pointed out that all the CSIC centers are already working “very normally” and that the reconnection of the equipment they are being carried out gradually.