In 2016 Argentina’s government chose to enact legislation that made digital transmissions of their Boletín Oficial, or Official Gazette, legally valid because of their trust in the blockchain technology used to authenticate its transmission. That trust was exploited recently when attackers compromised a recent edition and published fake guidelines for government agencies dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak. Many details of the attack are currently being withheld and the government is currently only stating that “hackers have managed to exploit a vulnerability in the system.” What has been made public is that the attackers chose to tamper with one edition of the Gazette and change the guidelines contained within; those changed guidelines were then adopted by employees at all of the recipient agencies. Hours after the Gazette was published and transmitted, the government noticed the edits and removed the bulletin.
With all the news around COVID-19/Coronavirus, the average person is turning to the internet for