Portugal's Impresa media outlets smash by hackers
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A man holds a laptop computer as cyber encipher is projected on him in this example render taken on May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel
A man holds a laptop computer as cyber code is projected on him in this illustration image taken on may 13, 2017. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel
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LISBON, Jan 3 (Reuters) - The websites of one of Portugal's biggest newspapers and of a major broadcaster, both owned by the country's largest media conglomerate Impresa, were down on monday after beingness hit by a hacker snipe over the weekend.
Expresso newspaper and sic TV station both said they reported the incident to the crook investigation police office PJ and the National Cybersecurity centre (CNCS) and would file a complaint.
The alleged hackers, calling themselves Lapsus$ Group, published a message on the websites saying internal data would live leaked if the media radical failed to pay a ransom. The content included email and Telegram middleman info.
The radical did not immediately reply to a Reuters asking for comment.
Lapsus$, which claims that it gained access to Impresa's Amazon web Services account, also sent a phishing email to Expresso subscribers and tweeted from the newspaper's verified twitter account.
The same group allegedly hacked Brazil's health ministry website last month, taking several systems down, including one with info about the national immunization program and another used to issue digital vaccination certificates. scan more
CNCS's coordinator, Lino Santos, told Observador newsprint it was the first time the radical launched an round in the country.
Websites of Expresso and sic are hold been offline since Sunday, with the pages showing a message saying they are temporarily unavailable following the attempt and would return as soon as possible.
In the meantime, both media organisations are publishing news stories on their social media channels. They described it as an unprecedented attempt on pressure freedom in the digital age.