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Argentina's official country portal has been hit by malicious attackers using the Windows REVil ransomware who claim they have exfiltrated 50GB of information.

A screenshot of some of the data has been posted on the REvil site on the dark web with a message asking the authorities to contact the attackers within a week.

Presumably, the ransom note generated after files were encrypted would tell the Argentina authorities how to get in touch.

The compromise comes a few days after Argentina lost one of its favourite sons, the footballer Diego Maradona, who died on Tuesday at the age of 60.

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There is no English version of the Argentina site, hence it is not possible to contact the authorities for comment.

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A screenshot from the REvil site on the dark web.

REvil, which is also known as Sodinokibi, has been used in many attacks this year. It was used to hit Nexia Australia and New Zealand, a network of solutions-focused accountancy and consultancy firms, the publicly listed US transportation services firm Matson, big casino supplier Gaming Partners International Corporation, Meinhardt Group, an engineering consultancy with 51 offices worldwide and 5000 employees, American IT staffing company Artech Information Systems, and publicly traded professional distribution management firm DXP Enterprises.

Others to suffer were Adif, an infrastructure company owned by the Spanish Government, Argentina's biggest Internet service provider Telecom Argentina, leading retirement specialist Actuaries and Associates, the website of Cooke County in Texas, and Australian drinks manufacturer Lion.

Melbourne-based contract formulation and packing company Chem Pack, New York-based entertainment and media lawyers Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks, Sydney sports specialty store chain Instore, American food distribution firm Harvest/Sherwood Food Distributors, SeaChange, a global public supplier of video delivery software, and Melbourne-based government-accredited IT services provider Geidi were all hit by gangs using REvil as well.


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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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