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Costa Rica's New President Declares State of Emergency After Conti Ransomware Attack

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The country’s treasury department has been unable to operate any of its digital services since the attack began, making it nearly impossible for paperwork, signatures, and stamps required by law to be processed.

Credit: The Record

The newly-inaugurated president of Costa Rica – Rodrigo Chaves – declared a state of emergency due to a devastating ransomware attack launched by the Conti group. 

Following his swearing-in ceremony on Sunday, Chaves held his first government council, where he announced a national emergency and attributed it to the attack's effects on the Ministry of Finance, which has been hit hardest by the attack. 

Two weeks ago, the country's outgoing president Carlos Alvarado Quesada said the attack was meant to "threaten the stability of the country in a transition situation" and that the country would refuse to pay the reported $10 million ransom.

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