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Hackers Attack Foreign Ministry Computers of Belgium, Steal Data on Ukraine Crisis

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Belgium, computer hackers infiltrated the servers of the ministry and grabbed Ukraine crisis related data during the 1st-week of May 2014. The result was an instance enhancement of security that led diplomats to a critical situation of non accessibility of the Internet alternatively exchange of electronic mails, informed the ministry and which globalpost.com reported dated May 12, 2014.

A Spokesman representing Belgium's external affairs ministry stated that the officials realized there was theft of data regarding the Ukraine's ongoing problem; however, the person committing the crime couldn't be identified. Globalpost.com reported this.

Incidentally, Belgium belongs to the European Union members group, with the latter in the lead as there's deepening of the crisis, while its head quarter is situated inside Brussels the capital of Belgium.

The Spokesman explained that malware was used to make copies of the files particularly on the Ukraine problem, while he stated no further regarding what sort of sensitivity engulfed the filched documents.

According to him, as investigations continued for understanding the hack, all of the ministry's computer systems had to be shutdown while staff couldn't anymore access the Net or their e-mail.

And though not much information has flowed from the investigators of the hack, two well-known Belgian daily newspapers, De Tijd and L'Echo apparently report that those behind the attack are people from Russia.

Reportedly, it is the Military Intelligence Service that spotted the assault and has since been helping with the probe.

Meanwhile, the foreign ministry of Belgium encountered a similar security infringement during September 2013 when it was learnt that a sophisticated spying campaign via the Internet stole details of the nation's external affairs policy.

The assault involved malicious software, which had been installed onto the ministry's servers a year before i.e. in 2012. Officials denied pronouncing the suspect, however, it turned out that one of the most conjectured entities was the U.S. National Security Agency.

Moreover, a likewise malware sample aided in filching data from Elio Di Rupo's office, the Prime Minister of Belgium, once during August 2012 and again in October 2013.

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