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TT-CSIRT urges to be on alert due to cyberattacks

Port of Spain, Jul 10 (Prensa Latina) Government and the Opposition are said to be concerned about the potential for future cybercrime attacks, after one such attack on the Ministry of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs last Friday.

In a statement on Sunday, the National Security Ministry said its cyber security incident response team (TT-CSIRT) is urging all organisations to take the necessary precautions to mitigate against rising ransomware attacks.

Ransomware is malware designed to deny a user or organisation access to files on their computer servers. Malware is software designed to disrupt, damage or gain unauthorised access to a computer system.

Cybercriminals use ransomware to enter a system and encrypt all data, then offer a decryption key if the victim/organisation agrees to pay a “ransom” through cryptocurrency. Another form of extortion would be a threat to release sensitive information online if the ransom is not paid.

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