Last week, a cyber-attack was launched against EU institutions. According to a spokesperson for the European Commission, a number of EU bodies “experienced an IT security incident in their IT infrastructure.” The spokesperson added that the forensic investigation of the incident is still in its early stages, and it is too early to provide any definitive details about the cyberattack.
“We are working closely with CERT-EU, the Computer Emergency Response Team for all EU institutions, bodies and agencies and the vendor of the affected IT solution,” the spokesperson said. “Thus far, no major information breach was detected.”
According to a source familiar with the situation, the cyber attack was serious enough that senior commission officials were warned. The incident, according to the same person, was larger than the ordinary attacks that hit the EU on a regular basis. Another EU official said that employees had recently been alerted about the possibility of phishing attacks.