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Brazil – Superior Court of Justice

Exploit: Ransomware
Superior Court of Justice: Judiciary Body

Risk to Small Business: 1.227 = Extreme

A ransomware attack savaged the Brazilian judiciary system last week, encrypting or disrupting all major services including the official website. Outlets are also reporting that the system cannot be easily restored because the backups have also been encrypted, which squares with the demands made by cybercriminals for a ransom payment. The Court is collaborating with the Brazilian Army’s Cyber ​​Defense Command and other relevant authorities for investigations. Court actions are suspended pending the restoration of required services.

Individual Risk: While it’s clear that a great deal of information has been stolen or encrypted, there are no specifics on the type.

Customers Impacted: Unknown

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Ransomware is also becoming a favored weapon of nation-state hackers, and is being more frequently used to disrupt government and essential service operations.