Foreign state suspected of Austrian cyberattack


Austria suspects a foreign country is behind a serious cyberattack on information systems at its Foreign Ministry, the ministry said.

“Given the type and seriousness of the attack we assume this probably concerns a state actor and not criminals,” a ministry spokesman said.

He declined to give technical details or speculate on who might be behind it. “Experts inform us these things can last several days,” he added.

The Austrian government reported the attack on Saturday, noting other European countries were also targeted for similar attacks in the past.

The attack came on the same day the environmentalist Greens party backed forming a coalition government with Sebastian Kurz’s conservatives.

The ministry said “countermeasures” were in place while an inter-agency task force reviewed the situation. Services such as travel information were still available on its website.