Categories: SecurityWorkspace

Austrian Foreign Ministry Hit By ‘Serious’ Cyber-Attack

Austria’s foreign ministry said it is  dealing with a “serious” cyber-attack that may have been launched by another country.

“Due to the gravity and nature of the attack, it cannot be excluded that it is a targeted attack by a state actor,” the ministry said in a joint statement with the Austrian interior ministry on Saturday.

“In the past, other European countries have been the target of similar attacks.

“Despite all intensive security measures, there is never 100 percent protection against cyber-attacks.”

Continuing attack

It added that the attack is continuing, while experts said the incident could last for several days, according to AFP.

The ministry said procedures had been put in place as an immediate response and a coordination committee had been formed, but gave no further details about the incident.

The attack was disclosed on the same day that the Green party agreed to an unprecedented coalition with Austria’s conservative People’s Party, at a congress in Salzburg.


The European Union created new measures last year for responding to countries outside the bloc that launch cyber-attacks on organisations such as hospitals or financial institutions, or that use such measures to disrupt elections.

The German government’s IT network was hit by a “very serious” cyber-attack in March 2018, which experts said may have been the work of the Russian Fancy Bear hacking organisation.

Fancy Bear was also blamed for an attack on the German parliament in 2015.

Matthew Broersma

Matt Broersma is a long standing tech freelance, who has worked for Ziff-Davis, ZDnet and other leading publications

Recent Posts

Apple Shareholders Vote On Chinese App Removal Policies

Apple's policy to obey Chinese government orders to remove certain apps from its App Store in China is facing a…

10 hours ago

Google To Spend Billions On US Data Centres

Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai confirms plan to spend $10 billion in 2020 on Google data centres and offices across the…

11 hours ago

NTSB Slams Tesla’s Autopilot Safeguard, Blames Regulator Oversight

Tesla and US safety regulators criticised over a lack of safeguards in a fatal 2018 Autopilot crash by US National…

12 hours ago

AI and Public Standards

As the Committee on Standards in Public Life release their awaited report considering AI and its impact on the delivery…

14 hours ago

US Supreme Court Rejects Apple Appeal Against VirnetX

Bad news for Apple, as the US Supreme Court rejects iPad maker's appeal against a $440m patent infringement financial penalty

16 hours ago

Met Boss: Facial Recognition Less Concerning Than Knife In Chest

The United Kingdom's most senior police officer Cressida Dick has strongly defended the use of facial recognition by police forces

18 hours ago