Russia-linked cyberattack hits Spanish research center

Spain’s leading scientific research center has been targeted by a cyberattack that has origin links to Russia.

According to Security Week, the Spanish science ministry said the Spanish National Research Council was targeted by a ransomware attack on July 16 and 17.

A preliminary analysis by the Spanish cybersecurity authorities said that it appears that no sensitive or confidential information was extracted.

The ministry said in a statement that the cyberattack was similar to others carried against NASA in the US and the Max Planck Institute in Germany.

Even though it looks as though the attack failed, the security protocols activated to ensure that it was unsuccessful have left several of the council’s research centers offline.

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