Son of Conti: Ransomware tries its hand at politics

Dina Temple-Raston and Sean Powers report:

It has been a busy spring for the Russian-speaking ransomware group Conti.

After an unprecedented leak of its internal chat logs earlier in the year that had experts predicting the group’s demise, Conti, or at least some subset of it, came back with a vengeance.

In April it attacked Costa Rica, hacking into dozens of its government agencies and encrypting key servers at the Ministry of Finance, known as the Ministerio de Hacienda. Then, a month later, another ransomware group called HIVE took aim at the nation’s health services – canceling schedules and erasing medical records. (Researchers are divided on whether Conti, infamous for its hacks on health services during the pandemic, played a hand in that operation as well.)

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