A gang of ransomware that has infiltrated some of Costa Rica’s public computer systems has stepped up its threat, saying it now aims to overthrow the government. From the report: Perhaps taking advantage of the fact that President Rodrigo Chavez has been in office for just a week, the Russian-speaking gang Conti has tried to step up pressure to pay a ransom by raising the demand to $ 20 million. Chavez suggested at a news conference on Monday that the attack took place both inside and outside Costa Rica. “We are at war, and this is no exaggeration,” Chavez said. He said officials are fighting a national terrorist group that had officers in Costa Rica. Chavez also said the impact was wider than was known, affecting 27 government agencies, including municipalities and public utilities. He accused his predecessor, Carlos Alvarado, of not investing in cybersecurity and fighting more aggressively against attacks in the days of his government’s decline. In a statement Monday, Conti warned he was working with people in government.

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