The attack on the SEPE forces to cut certain Social Security procedures in a timely manner

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The computer attack suffered by the State Public Employment Service (SEPE) has affected the platform Your Social Security (TUSS), which has interrupted some of its functions from time to time to avoid risks.

The SEPE suffered an attack known as ransomware, which locks infected computers and encrypts their files so that they cannot be accessed unless a ransom is paid to attackers.

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The Ministry of Labor and Social Economy assured that the stored data is safe and backup copies are available. However, the service has not finished being restored and some connections have been cut for security reasons, since the virus -Ryuk- could spread if not.

One of the consequences of this is that in TUSS “some operations are not available in a timely manner”, as explained by the Ministry of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration. It is something very limited and does not affect the benefits, they point out. In addition, they remember that the application for Social Security procedures can be carried out “normally” and “the offices are still open and attending the previous appointments and the telematic procedures continue to function normally” .

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During a press conference, the Minister of Labor, Yolanda Díaz, did not want to respond “for security reasons” to questions from journalists about whether the attack had affected other entities.

Diaz, assured that the benefits will be charged equally and the Ministry extended the deadlines for applications for benefits and subsidies “as many days as it takes to return the service to normal.”

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