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Hackers Target European Union Summit

Lumension Security : 25 March, 2011  (Technical Article)
Lumension comments on the increasing trend for hackers to target major political events with the European Summit being the latest target
Hackers Target European Union Summit

The European Union came under cyber attack, as a major international summit began. The attack took place just hours before the Commission and External Advisory Service was due to discuss EU economies, the future of the Commission and how the EU is engaged in war against Libya.


Alan Bentley, SVP International at Lumension, commented: “Whilst Governments have faced cyber attacks for some time, the elevated risk of sophisticated and persistent cyber attacks around high profile political events is worrying.  It is no surprise, given this elevated risk that the European Union became a target.


“During incidents of data breaches, it is best practice to shut down compromised areas to limit the chance of data leakage. However, the discovery phase will mean that it will be some time before the steps of the hackers are traced.


“This reactive approach to the cyber threats is no longer a match for the increasingly sophisticated tactics being employed by cyber criminals. Governments must now prepare for the unexpected – not wait to be ambushed.  Governments need to re-assess their risk and security measures and ensure they modernise their approach to security, in line with the ever-more targeted approach of hackers.”

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