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Cuba warns about current threats to cybersecurity

Havana, Mar 21 (Prensa Latina) The sophistication of ransomware (malicious programs) and the inadequate use of artificial intelligence to boost the zero day are currently the main threats to cybersecurity, Cuba warned at the 19th “Informatics 2024” International Convention.

On the day dedicated to cybersecurity at the event, Deputy Minister of Communications Ernesto Rodriguez noted that nowadays as ever before, politically motivated fake attributions abound for cyberattacks in an effort to justify hostile actions against States.

Rodriguez noted that hence, it is increasingly necessary to encourage multilateralism and cooperation to enhance technical, technological, regulatory and communicational capacities because poor countries do not have the conditions to determine when they are used to attack others, which has become an industry with very significant dividends.

The deputy minister pointed out that cracking down those harmful practices requires potential, trust, reduction of the digital gap, technological transfers and financing, scholars’ participation as well as the State and private business sector, service providers and the entire civil society to facilitate universal and inclusive access to information and knowledge.

Rodríguez reaffirmed that in order to meet such goal, it is vital to preserve multilateralism, under the auspices of the United Nations with binding rules and regulations, as cyberspace is a dynamic, complex and unique scenario, in which a cyberattack is the same as an armed attack.

In his speech, Rodriguez exemplified how an attack of that kind on electronic value chains could paralyze a nation’s hospitals and healthcare systems, communications services, energy, transportation and all those essential services for the population.