INCIDENT: Costa Rica Declares National Emergency in Response to Ransomware Attack

For the last two months (April/May 2022) Costa Rica has been under siege. Two major ransomware attacks have crippled many of the country’s essential services, plunging the government into chaos as it scrambles to respond. Officials say that international trade ground to a halt as the ransomware took hold and more than 30,000 medical appointments have been rescheduled, while tax payments have also been disrupted. Millions have been lost due to the attacks, and staff at affected organizations have turned to pen and paper to get things done.

Impact: 8 Major Gov. Agencies and services shutdown (30+ hit in total). National State of Emergency declared by President. Can't collect taxes, delays processing imports/exports, 10k+ public employees can't be paid. Medical attention and surgeries delayed or halted due to attack on Public Health (CCSS)

Conti claimed responsibility for the first attack against Costa Rica’s government and is believed to have some links to the ransomware-as-a-service operation HIVE, which was responsible for the second attack impacting the health care system.

Incident Date

April 11, 2022

Location

Costa Rica

Estimated Cost

unknown, reportedly millions.

Victims

Type of Malware:

Threat Source:

No threat source identified

References:

  • Conti’s Attack Against Costa Rica Sparks a New Ransomware Era
  • Conti’s Reign of Chaos: Costa Rica in the Crosshairs
  • How Conti ransomware group crippled Costa Rica — then fell apart

Industries:

Impacts

IT

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