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Austrian Foreign Ministry announces fighting cyberattack, potentially from state actor

Europe Materials 5 January 2020 20:39 (UTC +04:00)
The Austrian Foreign Ministry has been the target of a cyberattack, which it is currently fighting, and it cannot be ruled out that a state actor was behind the attack
Austrian Foreign Ministry announces fighting cyberattack, potentially from state actor

The Austrian Foreign Ministry has been the target of a cyberattack, which it is currently fighting, and it cannot be ruled out that a state actor was behind the attack, the ministry announced in a joint statement with the Ministry of the Interior, Trend reports citing Sputnik.

"Based on the attack’s nature and severity, it cannot be ruled out that it is a targeted attack by a state actor," the statement read.

Other European states have been the target of similar attacks, the statement also said.

The attack came in the immediate aftermath of a coalition deal reached between former Chancellor Sebastian Kurz’s Austrian People’s Party and the Green Party to form a new government. Austria's previous government collapsed in May following a corruption scandal that implicated the Freedom Party of Austria, Kurz's previous coalition partner.

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