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The Legislative works to create an agency to combat hacking

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Andrea Becerril and Victor Ballinas

Newspaper La Jornada
Friday, October 7, 2022, p. 9

Congress is working on a law cybersecurity which should be ready before the end of this year, since the hacks and computer attacks imply serious risks for State institutions and losses of 8 billion dollars a year to the private sector, agreed Deputy Javier López Casarín and Senator Jorge Carlos Ramírez Marín, after a forum on the aforementioned issue.

The presidents of the Science and Technology commissions of the chambers of deputies and senators agreed that this new legislation, which they have been working on for six months, plans to create a specialized agency very similar to those that operate in other nations, since through These cybercrimes have been intended to destabilize governments.

In a joint conference, after the permanent working table on this initiative, Deputy Casarín stressed that “it is clear that we must protect our country with a legal framework that allows us to combat cyber attacks, which are increasingly aggressive.

He specified that last year in Mexico there were 157 billion attempted cyberattacks on telephones, computers and other types of electronic devices, that is, more than 400 million every day.

He gave as an example the hack recently suffered by the Secretary of National Defense where, he assured, the fact that the enemy is not seen does not mean that it does not exist. He noted that it is not the first major cyber attack on State institutions, since there has previously been a record of unwanted interventions in the databases of Pemex, Bancomex, the Ministry of Economy and the National Lottery.

In this regard, Morena’s coordinator, Ricardo Monreal, stressed that the attack on Sedena is a sign that It is urgent that the country have special legislation on cybersecurity, in which these crimes are typified, promote the prevention of attacks, without violating the freedoms and rights of Internet users..

For this reason, “the Chamber of Deputies and the Chamber of Senators are working to be able to pass this same period of sessions a law to contain cyberattacks and to prevent illegal activities of hackers international and national”.

In his turn, PRI senator Jorge Carlos Ramírez Marín commented that It is terrible that a State institution can be intervened, but the medical data of a patient, or the information and assets of the small saver, are also exposed..

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