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Hackers disappear with Brazil’s vaccination data after attack on Health Ministry

Government systems have now been penetrated three times during the pandemic alone, suggesting the country still underestimates cybersecurity risks

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Illustration: André Chiavassa

“This website remains absolutely shit and nothing has been done to correct it.” So wrote hackers on the Brazilian Health Ministry’s homepage back in February, during the second attack to have occurred during the pandemic. Only three months earlier, electronic databases of Brazil’s public health system (SUS) – as well as work emails – had been left inaccessible for several days. “I couldn’t even open files stored on a flash drive. It was as if everything was locked,” one civil servant told The Brazilian Report at the time. 

“Fix this crappy website or next time, data of those responsible...

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