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A wave of cyber-attacks in Europe raises concerns over government defense

A thread of cyber attacks in Europe have heightened concerns about threats to public sector goals.

In the past week alone, there have been reports of hackers using the Denmark’s train networkcyber criminals aimed at various European ministersand commercial spyware surveillance of Greek politicians. While the different methods, targets and motivations suggest that the attacks are isolated events, they have further exposed the vulnerabilities of government targets.

The attacks are part of a growing trend. Between 2018 and 2021, the number of serious cybersecurity incidents at EU institutions is reported to have increased more than tenfold. Oliver Pinson-Roxburgh, CEO of Cybersecurity Platform Defense.comregards the recent incidents as part of a broader pattern.

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“For a bad actor, the 21st century systems in the public sector are an attractive prospect,” he said. “This is because they can hold more sensitive data than commercial organizations, and there is generally a greater reliance on legacy legacy systems that pose a much greater security risk than modern systems.”

The government can be an easier target.

Last week, the EU cybersecurity agency ENISA reported that 24% of cyber-attacks surveyed in the previous year targeted public administration and governments. The attacks ranged from zero-day exploits of software vulnerabilities to AI-triggered disinformation attacks.

Ian McShane, VP of Strategy at Cyber ​​Company Arctic Wolfwas affected by the variety of attacks exposed in the report.

“While ransomware remains a major risk to European governments and businesses, the wide range of threats being posed by ENISA demonstrates just how difficult the challenge remains for the hard-pressed security teams in businesses across Europe,” he said.

Changing Threats in a Changing World

The risks have been exacerbated by global events. In particular, the pandemic has accelerated our transition to digital government services, while the invasion of Ukraine has increased the threat of cyber espionage.

The risk has not changed. It’s gotten worse’, said Jason Steer, CISO at Recorded futurea threat intelligence agency. “Governments, like businesses, are much more digitally dependent and the vectors to do this have shifted tremendously. This has increased the opportunities for online criminals where the attack surface has grown enormously.”

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