MADRID, 30 Ene. (EUROPA PRESS) -
The Government of Mexico has reported this Monday that the personal data of 263 journalists who were accredited to the Mexican Presidency to participate in the daily press conferences of Andrés Manuel López Obrador have been stolen from Spain, although it has denied that it is a 'hack'.
The presidential spokesperson Jesús Ramírez Cuevas and the Secretary of the Interior Luisa María Alcalde Luján explained in a press conference that on January 22 a person entered the system with a valid username and password of a person who had worked for the Mexican Government since an IP address registered in Spain.
For this reason, the system did not issue an "illegal extraction" alert; the user with whom it was carried out was a worker who has no longer been in that area for "less than two years." However, the Government was aware of the theft last Friday when part of the data was published on social networks.
Ramírez has stressed that the Executive guarantees the safety of journalists who are victims of "illegal data extraction", has announced that he will present the "corresponding criminal complaints" to the Attorney General's Office and the protection mechanism for journalists will be expanded for those who request support."
"Since the extraction became known, the national cyber incident management protocol was activated, the Protection Mechanism will be made available to the affected journalists and they will be notified individually," he indicated.
Hours before this press conference, López Obrador confirmed for the first time that there was a 'hack' of the Presidency: "Yes, security failed or the hackers were very good," he had declared when asked by the press.
On January 26, journalists and the organization Article 19 reported that during an online forum a database with names, contacts, identifications, photographs and more information of those attending the Mexican president's conferences was leaked.