Journalists will have to go old-school if they want to cover European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek in the wake of cyber attacks on European Union institutions, dpa reported
His spokesman, Robert Golanski, said Friday that all communication between the president's press office and journalists would be carried out by fax starting on Monday.
"Given the recent cyber attacks on the European institutions, the cabinet has been advised by the IT department to go back to more secure means of communication," he said.
"We please ask you to turn on your fax machines and give us your fax numbers," he told reporters at a press conference.
"I will provide you my fax also," another parliament spokesman quipped, while a representative for the European People's Party grabbed the opportunity to assure journalists that it would continue using e-mail to distribute press releases.
No other EU press service has implemented a similar measure.
Several EU institutions were targeted by cyber attacks before a summit in Brussels last month, including the European Commission and the External Action Service, the EU's diplomatic corps.
At the time, an EU spokesman had said that the bloc's institutions, like many others, frequently come under attack