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Hackers targeted GLOBSEC conference

ABOUT six months after the international GLOBSEC security conference took place in Bratislava it was revealed that it became a target of hackers. They used the emails that seemed to be sent by the organisers. With opening the attachment, the recipients let the hackers enter their computers, the Sme daily reported in its October 23 issue.

ABOUT six months after the international GLOBSEC security conference took place in Bratislava it was revealed that it became a target of hackers. They used the emails that seemed to be sent by the organisers. With opening the attachment, the recipients let the hackers enter their computers, the Sme daily reported in its October 23 issue.

The conference was attended by for example then NATO secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen, PMs of Visegrad Group countries (i.e. Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary), generals and security analysts.

IT security company Eset says that most of the victims are from Poland and Ukraine, and from big companies and state institutions, Sme wrote.

According to the daily, the analyses showed that the attack was part of long-lasting hacker campaign which has been targeting NATO, the European and Ukrainian offices, as well as the telecommunication and energy sectors since 2009. The used method and tools indicate that the attacks may be made from Russia, as reported by Sme.

“We cannot say whether there was increased number of concrete attacks during GLOBSEC,” Zuzana Hošalová of Eset told Sme.

Together with Finnish company F-Secure they revealed some dubious activities already in September.

“We can certainly say that GLOBSEC was misused for the attack and that the targets could be its participants. We can also confirm that we found most victims in Ukraine and Poland... It concerned state institutions and big companies. Therefore we assume it was a targeted attack.”

“We have not received any feedback from conference participants,” Ivan Rudolf, media representative of GLOBSEC, told Sme.

Source: Sme

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