Portugal’s Prosecution Ministry charges 23 people for cybercrimes against institutions

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Portugal’s Public Prosecution Ministry (MP) charges 23 with cybercrimes against the country’s schools, public institutions, and private companies.

Portugal’s Public Prosecution Ministry has charged 23 people with criminal association, computer sabotage, illegitimate and undue access to data, computer damage, public instigation after several attacks on public and private institutions.

In a note issued by the Attorney General’s Office (PGR), it is said that the events took place between 2012 and 2017 and “reached servers of the central and local public administration, universities, schools, other public institutions and companies.”

Altogether, in the investigation, another 25 cases were collected, the defendants having acted from several zones of the country, reaching scattered targets throughout the national territory.

According to the MP, more than four dozen searches and seizures of computer equipment were carried out: about three hundred computers and other digital data carriers, such as tablets or external disks.

The expertise was carried out by computer specialists from the national criminal investigation police agency of Portugal (PJ) and university institutions, and about 50 witnesses were surveyed.

The investigation took place in the Department of Investigation and Criminal Action of Lisbon, with the collaboration of PJ’s National Unit to Combat Cybercrime and Technological Crime.

Cybersecurity Companies in Portugal

Last March, highly-accredited cloud hosting company Claranet inaugurated a cybersecurity hub in Carnaxide after investing €1 million in the tech center project.

Claranet unveiled its newly refurbished cybersecurity hub including a new Security Operations Center (SOC) in Carnaxide, which will provide a more complete, integrated and differentiated monitoring to its customers.

The SOC, which results from the company’s strategic focus on cybersecurity, will monitor the customer platforms that hire this service 24-hours-a-day, every day of the year while detecting incidents or potential security threats and intervening to resolve them.

This includes not only internal platforms (firewalls, directories, routers, etc.), but also external risks will be monitored by analyzing thousands of sources on the internet, social networks and the dark and ​​deep web.

According to the Claranet Research Report 2017/2018, Cyber​security is one of the top priorities of national and international enterprise.

Also in March, cybersecurity startup Jscrambler looked to expand its operations in Europe with €1.9 million raised in Series A funding from Sonae IM and Portugal Ventures.

The investment, which will allow Jscrambler to expand its business and develop its portfolio, was co-funded by Portugal Ventures and Sonae IM.

The Porto-based startup works with highly innovative cybersecurity products to protect web and mobile applications. Its flagship product, Jscrambler, is the worldwide leader in JavaScript Application security and the only browser-based solution to make websites and applications resilient to malicious tampering, reverse engineering and theft of intellectual property.

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