Today, January 29, 2024, a conference is scheduled for the morning hacking of AMLO (President Andrés Manuel López Obrador) and the report that will be given to the Government of Mexico about the leak of data on journalists who are still alive.
On January 26, the illegal leak of the secret portals of the personal data of 300 journalists covering AMLO’s morning sessions was announced, among them “Lord Molécula” and the political scientist Denise Dresser.
Consequently, AMLO accepted the leak of data to journalists in his morning conference today, January 29, 2024, but pointed to the opposition as responsible for “spreading” the idea that the Mexican Government censors and persecutes communicators.
Journalists are protesting because they are afraid of using personal data because of leaks
On the other hand, different journalists protested at the National Palace, as shown in their questions, pointing out their fear of using personal data that was leaked.
Because, as they emphasize, the personal data is in the hands of an unknown person, which increases their ignorance at the time they are in the portal closed by the National Guard.
This reason may make them “electoral bait” or may involve them in some crime, in addition to the fact that they do not see how they can protect them by emphasizing that journalists should file an individual complaint.
They pointed out the seriousness with which the Government of Mexico was breached, increasing the fear that the leak could happen to another agency, such as the Ministry of Finance or the National Electoral Institute.
Journalists denied the announcement from the Mexican Government after the alleged hack
After the statement of Jesús Ramírez Cuevas about informing all the journalists affected by the leak of personal data, the attending communicators denied that it was true.
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This fact has been denied collectively and individually; the media outlet and the journalists have been informed since last Friday.
The Government of Mexico stated that before the end of the conference, they will provide a list of those who have already confirmed that they received the notification.
A complaint to be filed for leaking data to journalists: Government of Mexico
At the conference, the Secretary of the Interior, Luisa María Alcalde, stated that the corresponding criminal complaints will be filed for the leak of data to journalists tomorrow, January 30.
He emphasized that they will make the necessary protection available to the 263 affected journalists, as well as advice so that they can file the corresponding complaint, as well as the use of lawyers.
The Undersecretary of Human Rights added (in addition to condemning the incident) that they are sure that the Attorney General’s Office (FGR) will find those responsible for leaking data to journalists.
The complaint, according to Undersecretary Arturo Medina Padilla, will be filed with the FGR as “illegal leakage of personal data through the illicit violation of said computer systems.”
This is not a hack; it was entered using an old account: Government of Mexico
In turn, Carlos Emiliano Calderón, coordinator of the National Digital Strategy, stated that it was not a hack; that is, the government system was not breached.
He clarified that this was an illegal takeover even if it was done with an old password and account, it was done outside of Spain.
Jesús Ramírez Cuevas pointed out that the file leaked data to journalists corresponds to an unused, inaccessible website used only for testing.
No personal data of more than 300 people leaked: Mexican government
Jesús Ramírez Cuevas also pointed out that not 309 journalists were affected by the leak of personal data, but 263, whose leaked documents are as follows:
- 186 voter credentials
- 63 passports
- 2 CVs of journalists
- Licensed in the United States
- 10 documents issued by the National Migration Institute
- 4 photos of reporters
The Mexican Government immediately coordinated the closure of the accesses
According to Jesús Ramírez Cuevas, the Approved National Protocol for Cyber Incidents is applied, which is done in any hack of all agencies.
This is what the Government of Mexico did after they found out about the hacking of their system at 2:00 pm:
- The National Digital Strategy Coordination has been notified to close any access to the journalist accreditation system
- Notified by the National Cyber Incident Response Center
- The Protection Mechanism for Activists and Journalists acted immediately to file a proper complaint.
- The National Guard has dedicated itself to shutting down the site where activists’ data was leaked.
- According to the law, the INAI must be notified within 72 hours, so a few hours later the technical report of the National Guard was given.
- All affected journalists have been notified
The hack went to a file and not a database: Government of Mexico
The head of the General Coordination of Social Communication and Spokesperson, Jesús Ramírez Cuevas, began the conference by explaining that the hack did not go into the database.
However, the hacking was done on only one file, with partial information from journalists accredited to the president’s source.
Instead, he reported that the details of the page containing the hacked file would be provided later.
The Government of Mexico will provide a report on the leak of data to journalists
The General Coordination of Social Communication and Spokesperson of the Government of Mexico will give a conference about the hacking of AMLO tomorrow, which will be broadcast live through official channels.
As reported by the Spokesperson of the Government of Mexico at the invitation of media representatives, the appointment for the morning hacking conference of AMLO today, January 29, 2024, starting at 5:00 pm
Like the daily morning session, the conference to provide more details about the data leak to journalists will take place in the Treasury Room of the National Palace.
In his morning conference today, January 29, 2024, AMLO accused the opposition of being the cause of the leak of journalists’ data, because they can hire criminals who specialize in the matter.
Regarding the safety of journalists after the leak, AMLO promised to take care of them, as well as citizens, and although he said that the data is protected “hacks happen.”
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