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European Institutions were targeted in a cyber-attack

European Institutions were targeted in a cyber-attack

A spokesman claims the attackers did no serious damage.

Attackers hit a range of European Union institutions including the European Commission in a significant cyber attack last week, according to Reuters.

A spokesperson for the commission said that a number of EU bodies “experienced an IT security incident in their IT infrastructure.” The spokesperson said forensic analysis of the incident is still in its initial phase and that it’s too early to provide any conclusive information about the nature of the attack.

“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.”

This is the second major attack an EU institutions in a month

The attack was serious enough to warrant alerting senior officials at the commission, according to a person familiar with the matter. The same person said the incident was bigger than the usual attacks that regularly hit the EU. Another EU official said that staff had recently received warnings about potential phishing attempts.

Western institutions have uncovered at least two serious cyber attacks recently.

The European Banking Authority last month may have been a victim of an attack on Microsoft Corp.’s email software. It’s possible that the attack exposed the data of tens of thousands of organizations, according to cyber-security experts. Those experts have also linked those attacks back to China.

Meanwhile, the U.S. government fell victim to suspected Russian cyber attackers who penetrated systems at The SolarWinds Corp. last year.