Costa Rican president claims collaborators are aiding Conti's ransomware extortion efforts

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May 17, 2022 | CYBERSCOOP

Collaborators within Costa Rica are helping the notorious Conti ransomware group extort the country’s government, the country’s president said during a Monday press conference, backing up claims the group made on its website the same day.

The president, Rodrigo Chaves, cited “national security” when declining to share details of who the alleged collaborators are, or how they are operating, according to an account of the press conference from La Nación.

“We are at war and that is not an exaggeration,” Chaves said, according to a Google translation. “The war is against an international terrorist group.” He added that “there are very clear indications that people inside the country are collaborating with Conti,” but did not share details.

“The gangs now have so much money that they could potentially buy their way into any organization.”

Brett callow, threat analyst with emsisoft

Over the weekend messages posted to Conti’s website captured by Emsisoft threat analyst Brett Callow called on the people of Costa Rica to “organize rallies” to force the government to pay and also that “we are determined to overthrow the government by means of a cyber attack.” The

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