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Justice system hack exposes Brazil’s worrying cybersecurity flaws

Last week's hack was the worst ever against a national government network and pointed out Brazil's severe vulnerabilities

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Just as scientists spent years warning of the dangers of a potential pandemic caused by an airborne virus, experts are now ringing the bell for the next great threat: cyber warfare. Last week’s hack of the systems running Brazil’s Superior Court of Justice — the country’s second-highest judicial body — is the worst ever against a national government network, and served as a reminder of how Latin America’s biggest nation is ill-equipped to face cyberattacks.

While backups allowed the court’s IT department to salvage information on over 250,000 active cases, trials continue to be canceled over a week after...

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