Government officials confirmed that Papua New Guinea’s finance ministry was hit by a ransomware attack that disrupted government payments and operations.
The ransomware infected the Department of Finance’s Integrated Financial Management System a week ago, said the finance minister and acting treasurer, John Pundari.
Pundari also added that the government didn’t pay a ransom to the threat actors and the system was recovered from backups.
The system was used to manage access to hundreds of millions of dollars in foreign aid money. The government was not able to pay cheques and ordinary operations were impacted.