'Serious' cyber attack on EU bodies before summit
Posted in: Legal, Privacy & Security at 24/03/2011 16:40
The EU has reported a "serious" cyber attack on the Commission and External Action Service on the eve of a summit in Brussels, a spokesman told the BBC.
Crucial decisions on the future structure of the EU, economic strategy and the ongoing war in Libya are to be discussed at the two-day talks.
Details were not given but other sources compared the attack to a recent assault on France's finance ministry.
"We're often hit by cyber attacks but this is a big one," one source said.
EU victim of eve-of-summit cyber attack: official [AFP]
Cyber-attackers hacked into the European Commission on Wednesday, hours from a sensitive summit of EU leaders debating the military campaign in Libya, the euro debt crisis and nuclear safety, officials said.
"All staff were warned this morning" that "remote access to emails was no longer operational," a spokesman for the commission told AFP.