Today, Wednesday June 9, the Ministry of Labor has suffered a cyber attack that has paralyzed some of its services, although this time the State Public Employment Service (SEPE) has not been affected. We tell you what we know at the moment.
This morning, the Ministry of Labor and Social Economy announced through your Twitter account that has suffered a computer attack. In the publication, the department headed by Yolanda Díaz has not provided much information: it has only explained that it has been the victim of a cyberattack and that the technical managers of the Ministry and the National Cryptological Center are working together to determine its origin and scope.
The Ministry has not confirmed which services are affected for security reasons, but we can verify that SEPE’s official website works normally. Sources consulted by elDiario.es Y Vozpópuli They ensure that the employment service is not among the services affected by the cyberattack, so if you have to, it is expected that it works normally.
At the time of writing this news, many of the units of the Ministry of Labor are blocked and the procedures are paralyzed in services like [email protected] (Electronic Declaration of Injured Workers) or SIGETT (Integral Management System for Temporary Employment Companies), among many others.
⚠️ The Ministry of Labor and Social Economy has been affected by a computer attack. The technical managers of the Ministry and the National Cryptological Center are working together to determine the origin and restore normality as soon as possible.
– Ministry of Labor and Social Economy (@empleogob) June 9, 2021
Everything indicates that the criminals have used a ransomware to perpetrate the cyberattack on the Ministry of Labor, the same type of virus chosen to paralyze SEPE services last March. However, apparently on this occasion the scope of the attack is much smaller and, according to the sources of elDiario.es, there are only a few computers affected.
According to Vozpópuli, technicians from the Ministry of Labor and the CCN have isolated the SEPE and other dependent units to prevent them from being affected by the cyberattack. The newspaper indicates that in the Salary Guarantee Fund (FOGASA) all computers have been turned off, while in the SEPE they have disconnected access to the network to prevent infection of their systems with ransomware.
For the moment We are waiting for the Ministry of Labor to offer more official details about the cyberattack it has suffered and to confirm if, indeed, it is a ransomware infection like the one that the SEPE blocked a few months ago.