Austrian foreign ministry facing cyber attack

Austrian foreign ministry facing cyber attack


Published: 22:12 5 January 2020  

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Austria’s foreign ministry said late Saturday that, they are facing a “serious cyber attack” and warned another country could be responsible.

A statement from the ministry said, “Due to the gravity and nature of the attack, it cannot be excluded that it is a targeted attack by a state actor.”
And the attack was ongoing, they included.

“In the past, other European countries have been the target of similar attacks,” it continued.

Immediate measures had been taken and a “coordination committee” set up, it said, without elaborating.

The attack came as Austria’s Greens on Saturday gave the go-ahead to a coalition with the country’s conservatives at a party congress in Salzburg, removing the last obstacle to the unprecedented alliance.

The German government’s IT network in 2018 was hit by a cyberattack.

Last year the EU adopted powers to punish those outside the bloc who launch cyberattacks that cripple hospitals and banks, sway elections and steal company secrets or funds.