EU Presidency Targeted by Hackers

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt says that during Sweden’s half year as president of the European Union, the government was the target of a number of cyber attacks.

Bildt tells Swedish Radio News the hackers seemed to be curious about Sweden’s plans for the EU presidency. Without going into details, he says the government devoted considerable resources to protecting itself against the attacks.

He also refuses to say what countries were involved, but does say that the attacks did not disturb the government’s operations. Carl Bildt now wants to talk to other countries to explore extending international law to cover IT attacks.

The Swedish foreign minister says: “If you drive a tank over someone’s border that’s an attack. But if you launch a major network attack that takes out infrastructure, that is technically not an attack. But it certainly causes more damage than driving a tank over a border.”

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