Entry to Mexico’s Lotería Nacional and Pronósticos lottery web sites are actually blocked to IP addresses exterior of Mexico after a ransomware gang threatened to carry out denial of service assaults.
Lotería Nacional is the government-run nationwide lottery system of Mexico, working below Mexico’s Ministry of Finance. Pronósticos is this system made by Loteria Nacional the place Mexicans can guess on video games of probability or sports activities.
Yesterday, the Avaddon ransomware operation acknowledged that they efficiently carried out an assault on ‘Pronosticos Deportivo,’ the place they declare to have stolen information after which encrypted the gadgets. The ransomware gang additionally threatened to launch extra paperwork and to DDoS the sufferer’s web site if negotiations didn’t start inside 240 hours.
As a part of this announcement, the ransomware gang leaked screenshots of what they declare are paperwork stolen through the assault whose letterhead is for Lotería Nacional and Pronósticos.
Lotería Nacional and Pronósticos websites walled off
Nonetheless, at present, these websites are not accessible to IP addresses exterior of Mexico, and connections to the positioning will now day trip, as proven beneath.
As soon as BleepingComputer switched to a VPN utilizing an IP tackle in Mexico, we have been once more capable of entry the websites.
It’s believed that the Mexican authorities has deliberately walled off the Lotería Nacional and Pronósticos web sites to stop the distributed denial of service (DDoS) assaults by the Avaddon ransomware gang.
As DDoS assaults are normally carried out from gadgets worldwide, it’s arduous to mitigate them as a result of broad and assorted authorized jurisdiction of the nations the place these gadgets reside. By blocking worldwide entry to the Mexican lottery websites, the federal government can successfully mitigate the assaults and simply block any gadgets in Mexico that could be a part of the assault.
If that’s the case, that is an attention-grabbing mitigation to a DDoS assault that BleepingComputer has not seen carried out prior to now by a authorities.
BleepingComputer has contacted the Authorities of Mexico’s communications e-mail however has not obtained a response right now.