The consistories of Jerez, Bilbao, Pamplona, Albacete and Valencia have been victims of attacks cybercrime during the last few months.

Several Spanish city Councils have been attacked by cybercriminals during the last few months, which reflects an upward trend.

“The attacks on the public institutions are a trend becoming increasingly widespread,”, says the it security company Check Point, which in 2019 has observed both attacks ransomware asking for ransom to return access to files and devices as hijackings of social media accounts, the two most important threats for these institutions.

“in general, the predominant trend for the ciberatacantes was directing his threats against private entities and large corporations, something that they still do. However, in recent times we have seen the attacks on public institutions are increasingly frequent, possibly something that is much more common in the future”, says Eusebio Nieva, technical director of Check Point for Spain and Portugal.

“Faced with this new landscape in the world of cybersecurity, and aware of the risk to public safety posed this type of threat, it is essential to bet for the highest standards of protection in the digital world,”, adds it Snows.

Recently, the City of Jerez fell victim of the virus Ryuk, which blocked its systems for three days. is The same malware affected weeks before the town Hall of Bilbao. While, the city Councils of Pamplona, Albacete and Valencia, they saw how their Twitter accounts were hijacked in August, after someone was done with their access credentials.

As a result, these agencies suffered service outages, making it impossible to perform its activity normally, and impersonation, which gives rise to deceive users and companies and obtain revenue in return, in the form of information or money.

Another consequence of attacks on public institutions is the kidnapping of information, since attackers can gain access to sensitive data such as names, addresses and tax information of citizens, official documents of the corporation and more bank credential contracts of companies associated.