Hackers attacked major Portuguese media groups and shut down websites

A leading Portuguese media group stated that an organization calling itself “Lapsus$” invaded the company’s online service, which shut down some of its most popular websites and contacted subscribers

Lisbon, Portugal – A leading Portuguese media group said on Thursday that an organization calling itself “Lapsus$” invaded the company’s online services, shut down some of its most popular websites and contacted subscribers.

Grupo Impresa stated that the purpose of the attack was to disrupt the company’s services and send fake news messages to subscribers. One of the messages was: “Emergency: The President was removed from office and charged with murder: Lapsus$ is the new President of Portugal .”

The company said in a statement that the hackers did not ask for any payment.

The statement stated that the hacker obtained access to the company’s Amazon Web Services account and sent emails and text messages to subscribers.

The hackers accessed some subscriber information, but Impresa stated that there was no evidence that they had the subscriber’s password or credit card details.

The statement stated that the attack occurred early on January 2. Later that day, the company regained control of its cloud services, although on Thursday its two main websites-belonging to the top weekly newspaper Expresso and the TV channel operated by its broadcaster SIC-were still using temporary sites.

The Portuguese police and the country’s National Cyber ​​Security Center are investigating the incident.

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