Amidst the global emergency caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, the Argentine government confirmed on March 14 that they suffered a hack on the blockchain-based website of their official gazette (Boletin Official), where false news concerning the coronavirus were spread.
There were direct hacking attempts that failed to enter the newsletter system according to officials quoted by El Cronista. Still, the hackers identified a vulnerability that allowed for the spread of fake news through the Bulletin’s edition 34,239.
Such information referred to some guidelines allegedly adopted for state employees in the country’s coronavirus, commonly known for (Covid-19) emergency.
The Boletin Official website went offline for several hours, due to the security breach and subsequent high traffic.
The Boletin officiel in its printed edition is a legally valid publication. Laws which the government has ratified and signed are published and made official through it:
“The digital edition of the Boletin Oficial acquires legal validity by virtue of Decree No. 207/2016.”
Within the resolution, the Argentine government confirmed a management measure taken by the Ministry of Education that should be given by educational institutions that have suspected or confirmed cases of coronavirus.
The Official Gazette blockchain system is part of the “Blockchain Federal Argentina” project, which is a distributed accounting technology used by both state agencies and private organizations.
In this way, non-modifiable information is shared through a network consisting of its members, both private and state entities. The resolution introduced by the breach of security is still online on the Boletin Official website as of press time.
In a related context, Coindesk, organizer of Consensus 2020, has decided to host the conference virtually at no charge, due to the rapid spread of coronavirus ‘COVID-19’ worldwide.
Coindesk said in an email:
“As the organizers of Consensus and Blockchain Week NYC, our goal has always been to bring the community together to educate, grow, and create meaningful connections in a safe location. It is no longer possible to do that in a physical location.”