MP Says Austria Unprepared After Cyberattack on Foreign Ministry


The Austrian State Department’s IT systems were under a ‘serious attack’ suspected to be carried out by a state-backed threat group according to a joint statement from the Foreign Ministry (BMEIA) and the Ministry of the Interior (BMI).

“A coordination committee has been set up on the basis of the Network and Information System Security Act, and all relevant federal agencies are already active,” the press release says. “The problem was recognized very quickly and countermeasures were taken immediately.”

The attack was disclosed during late Saturday evening and, according to a Foreign Minister Peter Guschelbauer statement quoted by Austrian national public service broadcaster ORF (Österreichischer Rundfunk), it was still active during Sunday.

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Source: Bleeping Computer