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Puerto Rico GSA website running normally after hacking attempt

By on March 18, 2019

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Investigation by government tech office, Microsoft underway

SAN JUAN – The head of the Puerto Rico General Services Administration (GSA), Ottmar Chávez Piñero, announced that service on the agency’s website was restored early Monday after a hacking attempt was detected Sunday.

In a press release, Chávez said an unknown source attempted to penetrate the GSA’s site but the agency’s security systems, the Puerto Rico Innovation and Technology Service (Prits), and the FBI detected the effort in time.

Chávez also assured an investigation is underway to clarify what happened.

“Prits and Microsoft continue with the investigation and will carry out a forensic analysis to determine the root cause. If a criminal act is discovered, it will be referred to the relevant authorities,” he said.

The GSA is the government entity that manages the Sole Bidder Registry (RUL by its Spanish initials), Sole Bidding Registry (RUS by its Spanish initials) and is reforming procurement to provide centralized service.

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