Virus Infects Computers of Belgian PMO
According to government officials in Belgium, security researchers investigating computers at Elio Di Rupo's office the Prime Minister of the country, detected one PC-virus on the office's system-network, published reuter.com dated September 27, 2013.
Officials for the PM stated that a virus came in notice affecting several PCs at the federal work place when the machines communicated with certain Hong Kong situated server, while little evidence was found hitherto about any connection between the offender as well as the assault, reported reuter.com.
The mentioned Internet attack coincides with the scary situation of worldwide cyber espionage from the time Edward Snowden, new whistleblower, now escaped from USA, made public numerous surveillance programs of highly secret nature that British as well as American spy organizations ran during June 2013.
Snowden reportedly, escaped to Hong Kong in a short time since exposing classified documents elaborating a huge assortment of phone along with online data with the National Security Agency of USA. He's presently in Russia after the country's parliament Kremlin granted him permission to stay for a brief period even though the US urged he be extradited for prosecution.
Belgian government authorities stated that they'd deployed additional anti-virus software on the premier's staff-operated PCs to toughen the systems' security. Meanwhile, it has been decided that more budget would be allocated during 2014 to enhance cyber-security at Belgium.
Importantly, during May 2013, Di Rupo's private e-mail A/C was hacked for dispatching messages to the national newspaper De Morgen of Belgium, however, they weren't published. The e-mails got dispatched during 2004-08 at the time Di Rupo presided the Socialist Party of Belgium as well as prior to his becoming the Premier during 2011. Messages in the majority of electronic mails appeared as private, however, a few did mention about the politician's professional activities, as per De Morgen.
Separately, investigation is ongoing in Belgium following suspicion of international spying against Belgacom, the key telecoms company of the country, also serving the Middle East and Africa. According to a complaint the company lodged, hackers apparently attacked its computers and online systems, lasting a good 2-yrs before Belgacom discovered the intrusion.
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