'Serious' Hack Strikes EU on Eve of Summit

It's 'a big one,' but officials mum on details
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 24, 2011 3:15 AM CDT
EU Cyberattack: 'Serious' Hack Strikes on Eve of EU Summit
French President Nicolas Sarkozy, left, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, and Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski, talk during a press conference Monday, Feb.7, 2011.   (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

(Newser) – The EU government was hit with a “serious” cyberattack the day before a summit in Brussels. “We're often hit by cyberattacks, but this is a big one,” said an insider. Officials didn’t provide details of the attack, which targeted the European Commission and the EU’s External Action Service. The hack follows a large-scale cyberattack in France. “We are already taking urgent measures to tackle this. An inquiry's been launched,” a spokesman tells the BBC. (Read more European Union stories.)

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