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Brazil Supreme Court: Recovers after ransomware attack

After suffering the most serious cyber attack Never orchestrated against a Brazilian public sector institution, the Supreme Electoral Court (STJ) has been able to get its systems back on track after about 3 weeks of disruption. Following the ransomware attack on November 3, the systems STJ were not available for 26 hours for the Federal Police to investigate and gather information about the incident.

The Federal Processing Service is also involved in the ongoing investigation data "Serpro" and the army cyber defense unit. The Court, however, had to find a way to handle urgent cases by 20 November when its systems were fully restored.

Brazil Supreme Court: Recovers after ransomware attack

According to STJ President Minister Henrique Martins, this ransomware attack was the most serious cyber attack a Brazilian government agency has to date, both in size and complexity.

According to ZDNet, the Supreme Court of Brazil pointed out that in the work to restore access on network, systems and copies security, as well as for its enhanced regulation cyber security, more than 50 IT professionals from his own team took action. Also, another 50 professionals from eight companies technology, including the Microsoft, Atos and Redbelt Security, participated in the process, wanting to support the restoration work in turn.

Brazil Supreme Court: Recovers after ransomware attack

However, the president of STJ pointed out that there are still challenges that need to be overcome, including the review of policies, technology architecture and adaptation to the General Data Protection Regulations, which came into force last September. The president added that the process of restructuring and improving it security data in STJ will be continuously improved, stressing that there is unconditional support from the Court to increase the level of information security. Finally, the President emphasized that this was an institutional advantage which the Court would continue to pursue.


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