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Czech Government Suspects Nation-State for Stolen Diplomatic Emails

Cyber espionage; Network intrusion

A sophisticated, months-long breach of Czech diplomats’ email accounts indicate a state actor as the culprit, Czech Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek announced Jan. 31.

Zaorálek’s email was compromised, as were other senior diplomats', and the stolen correspondence includes some conversations about the country’s NATO and European Union allies, according to The Guardian. The attacks happened repeatedly but were first detected in early January. Officials said no classified material was compromised.

Zaorálek compared the breach to the attacks on the U.S. Democratic Party leading up to the 2016 presidential election, but did not name any specific country as the potential aggressor.

sector

Government (Foreign)

reported

January 31, 2017

reported by

The Guardian

number affected

Unknown

location of breach

Czech Republic

perpetrators

Nation State

location of perpetrators

Unknown

date breach occurred

Unknown

date breach detected

2017/01