Foreign state behind attack on Czech ministry


A foreign state staged the latest cyber-attack targeting the Czech Foreign Ministry, the Senate’s security committee said, though it did not identify the nation concerned or provide any details.
Earlier, the Czech daily Denik N reported the cyber-attack on the Foreign Ministry happened in June but confidential data was not compromised. Citing three sources, the paper said the attack originated in Russia.
The Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Security called on government to take cyber security seriously, citing information from the Czech Republic’s National Cyber and Information Security Agency (NUKIB).
“The committee states with concern the latest incident, the cyber-attack against the Foreign Ministry, was perpetrated by a foreign state power, according to NUKIB,” the committee said in a statement posted on the Senate website, without elaborating.
A Foreign Ministry spokeswoman declined to comment. An NUKIB spokesman was not immediately available.
Last December, the Czech counter-intelligence service, BIS, said in its annual report Russia’s intelligence services were behind cyber-attacks targeting the Foreign Ministry in 2017.