Segob reports hack on journalists’ database: attack from Spain

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The National Palace computers were hacked and data on journalists was stolen, according to the Presidency spokesperson. The Ministry of the Interior (Segob) provided a report on the leak of journalists’ data, stating that the attack originated in Spain. They also announced that journalists who feel violated may request the protection mechanism that the agency has.

During a conference at the National Palace, the head of Segob, Luisa María Alcalde, and the spokesperson for the Presidency of the Republic, Jesús Ramírez Cuevas, announced the details of the violation and explained how they acted as soon as they detected the movements. Other officials present at the conference included Carlos Emiliano Calderón, coordinator of the National Digital Strategy, and Arturo Medina Padilla, undersecretary of Human Rights, Population and Migration of the Ministry of the Interior.

Ramírez Cuevas emphasized that the database itself was not violated, but rather that a file was entered that contained partial information from the Presidential Source. He also made it clear that the National Cyber ​​Incident Management Protocol was applied, which outlines the actions of the state in the event of server violations.

The National Guard was responsible for acting and closing the website that was violated, and a complaint was filed with the Attorney General’s Office (FGR) against the responsible party. The National Transparency Institute, Access to Information and Protection of Personal Data (INAI) will also be notified for a technical report on the incident.

The 263 journalists whose data was made public were notified about the situation and can request the Protection Mechanism for Human Rights Defenders and Journalists if they feel their safety is at risk. According to reports, the attack came from Spain.

Emiliano Calderón explained that the federal government sites have special programs to prevent data violations, but the access to the data was illegal. The investigation is ongoing.

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