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Costa Rica chaos a warning that ransomware threat remains

Jun. 17, 2022 07:20 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Teachers unable to get paychecks. Tax and customs systems paralyzed. Health officials unable to access medical records or track the spread of COVID-19. A country’s president declaring war against foreign hackers saying they want to overthrow the government. For...

Biden, leaders reach migration pact despite attendance flap

Jun. 10, 2022 19:37 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Joe Biden and other Western Hemisphere leaders on Friday announced what is being billed as a roadmap for countries to host large numbers of migrants and refugees. “The Los Angeles Declaration” is perhaps the biggest achievement of the Summit of the...

Costa Rica public health system targeted by ransomware

May. 31, 2022 19:24 PM EDT

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Another attempted hacking of a Costa Rican government agency’s computer system led the country’s public health agency to shut down its systems Tuesday to protect itself, complicating the medical care of thousands of people. At least 30 of the Social...

Jill Biden heads to Latin America before hemispheric summit

May. 17, 2022 23:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jill Biden will visit Ecuador, Costa Rica and Panama this week to help lay the groundwork as the United States finalizes arrangements for a hemisphere-wide summit being held in Los Angeles in June, the White House announced Tuesday. The first lady departs...

Ransomware gang threatens to overthrow Costa Rica government

May. 16, 2022 18:19 PM EDT

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — A ransomware gang that infiltrated some Costa Rican government computer systems has upped its threat, saying its goal is now to overthrow the government. Perhaps seizing on the fact that President Rodrigo Chaves had only been in office for a week, the...

Costa Rica declares emergency in ongoing cyber attack

May. 12, 2022 13:19 PM EDT

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — After a month of crippling ransomware attacks, Costa Rica has declared a state of emergency. In theory, the measure usually reserved to deal with natural disasters or the COVID-19 pandemic would free up the government to react more nimbly to the crisis. ...

Costa Rica's new leader takes over with a blast at the past

May. 08, 2022 15:14 PM EDT

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Rodrigo Chaves began a four-year term as Costa Rica's president on Sunday, taking office with a lengthy list of reproaches for his predecessor and the country's political class while promising great change. Shortly after being given the ceremonial...

Ruling threatens US power as world's high-seas drug police

May. 05, 2022 12:19 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Jeffri Dávila-Reyes says he’s still mystified how he ended up serving hard time in a U.S. federal prison. His cocaine bust at sea was closer to his homeland of Costa Rica than the United States, and the few kilos of drugs he was carrying were bound for Jamaica...

Cyber attack causes chaos in Costa Rica government systems

Apr. 22, 2022 14:20 PM EDT

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Nearly a week into a ransomware attack that has crippled Costa Rican government computer systems, the country refused to pay a ransom as it struggled to implement workarounds and braced itself as hackers began publishing stolen information. The...

Cargo jet skids off runaway in Costa Rica, splits in half

Apr. 07, 2022 17:00 PM EDT

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — A DHL cargo jet slid off the runway and broke in half while landing at San Jose’s international airport Thursday, shutting down the airport, but not injuring crew. The fire department said the Boeing 757 had taken off from Juan Santamaría Airport just...