Spain asks officials to change their passwords and disconnect equipment to prevent cyberattacks in the face of the Ukraine crisis

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Spain wants to shield its administration against hackers. Or at least make it as difficult as possible. The Government has asked officials and diplomats to change their passwords as soon as possible and, as far as possible, disconnect equipment that is not essential. Measure –details elDiario.eswhich has had access to several of the messages—is adopted “in anticipation of possible cyberattacks” with the war in Ukraine as a backdrop.

In one of the messages that have been sent to senior officials and diplomats, it is noted that changing passwords is mandatory and insists that it be applied “as soon as possible”. “If the voluntary update is not carried out, it will expire in the next few days,” he insists.

Other administrations, such as the Xunta de Galicia, has also addressed its employees to warn them that there could be a cyberattack and/or digital identity theft. The alert would come directly from the National Cryptologic Center, an organization linked in turn to the CNI.

A war on the ground… and digital

The warning comes in a very special context: after the US and the EU announced measures against Russia for its offensive in Ukraine, a process in which the digital terrain is playing a critical role. Long before the Moscow tanks entered Ukraine, in fact, the country had suffered from malware or DDoS attacks with a suspected Russian origin. Ransomware groups, such as with you or CoomingProjectThey have already shown their support for Moscow and warned that they will go against the strategic points of their enemies.

“If someone decides to mount a cyber attack or any war activity against Russia, we will use all our possible resources to counter the enemy’s critical infrastructure,” he said. pointed out this week Contia Russian-based cybercriminal group known for using ransomware to extort US and European companies.

Russia has invaded Ukraine on the ground.  The digital invasion had started many days ago

At the opposite pole, another group of hackers, Anonymous, has declared cyber war on Russia. The group has in fact assumed responsibility for the attack that has affected the website of the Russian Today news channel. In anticipation of the role technology is likely to continue to play and combat the digital invasionthe EU has sent to cyber operations experts to Ukraine.

Despite the fact that Russian troops began the invasion a little over three days ago, movements have already been made over the last few days that show the strategic weight that technology will have. The Kremlin and Meta have already staged a clash that has led the first to partially restrict Facebook after accusing it of “censorship”; Google has taken action to prevent Russian media from making money on their websites, apps and YouTube videos; and Kiev has already approached multinationals such as Apple or SpaceX to request your support.

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Along the same lines, Ukraine has called for blocking software updates from Russia and, in perhaps the strongest move to date to put pressure on Moscow, the US, the EU, Canada and the UK have decided to disconnect some Russian banks from SWIFT. .

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Spain wants to shield its administration against hackers. Or at least make it as difficult as possible. The Government has…

Spain wants to shield its administration against hackers. Or at least make it as difficult as possible. The Government has…

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