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Cyberattack cripples Puerto Rico toll collection system

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) – Authorities in Puerto Rico said yesterday an electronic toll collection system was the target of a cyberattack over the weekend, the latest such incident in recent years.

The system, known as AutoExpreso, is run by a private operator called Professional Account Management. It wasn’t immediately clear when the system would be back online and whether any confidential information was stolen. Officials said they would soon provide more details.

The incident reported on Saturday comes three months after an attack crippled the Internet provider, phone system and official online page of Puerto Rico’s Senate.

Previously, in 2021, a cyberattack hit the website of a private company that took over the transmission and distribution of electricity in the United States territory. Meanwhile, in 2020, an online scam tried to steal over USD4 million from Puerto Rican government agencies, forcing authorities to freeze nearly USD3 million.

That same year, hackers targetted the database of Puerto Rico’s fire department and demanded USD600,000 in an alleged extortion act.