In 2016, the number of cyber attacks on the servers of the European Commission increased by 20% compared to the previous year, the Financial Times reports, citing an informed source.
All were 110 attempts of hacking the servers of the EU’s Executive body. The last large-scale cyber attack was launched in November last year, said the source publication. The concern of Brussels is that “Moscow may intervene in the elections in France and Germany” which will take place this year. This concern arose after U.S. intelligence issued a report stating that Russia has “interfered in the elections” of the President in 2016.
High-ranking officials in an interview with the newspaper said that Brussels has strengthened security measures at the data storage of the member States of the EU. According to sources, the Commission is expanding cooperation with NATO on cyber security and encrypted email.
“It is clear that many institutions throughout Europe and generally everywhere are objects of constant growth of cyber attacks from various actors. These threats are constant, they are aggressive and become more and more dangerous and potentially destructive,” — said in an interview with the FT Commissioner for EU security Julian king.
“Russia is in the focus of the EU on security issues,” the newspaper writes, however, the press service of the European Commission declined to comment on the alleged source of the attack.
The NATO official also notes the increasing attacks on servers. He said in 2015, the hacking attempts were 320. Last year the number of attacks, though not increased, but they have become more complex and persistent.
That Russia interfered in the presidential elections, has repeatedly said the US authorities. National intelligence of the country “with high confidence” believes that the President of Russia Vladimir Putin ordered to launch a campaign to intervene in the presidential elections, it follows from the published report. Exploration of “high certainty” reports that GRU used the hacker Guccifer 2.0 sites DCLeaks.com and WikiLeaks to spread stolen in the attacks data. Because of Russia’s actions at the end of December 2016 the US has imposed sanctions. Moscow has repeatedly denied meddling in the election.
Last week the head of the Federal office for the protection of the Constitution (in Germany performs the function of counter-intelligence) Hans-Georg Maassen said that the cyber attack on OSCE in December 2016 could be a group ART 28 (Fancy Bear). Behind them, in the opinion of the security services, hiding the Russian hackers.