A foreign government is said to have breached dozens of email accounts belonging to the Czech Foreign Ministry early this week. The Foreign Minister, Lubomir Zaoralek announced that the attacks likely originated from a foreign state, but he refused to name any specific countries.
This comes after a string of attacks by foreign actors in other countries. Per reports, it is said to have resembled the same type of attack targeted at the Democratic National Convention in the United States by Russia. Russian operatives have been accused of attempting to influence the election of many countries including France, the Netherlands, and Germany; It is unknown however if the country has any role in the cyber-attack.
In a report by Reuters, Zaoralek stated in a news conference, “when I discussed this with the best experts that we have here, they told me that the character of the attack was such that the attack was very sophisticated, that it must have been, according to them, conducted by some foreign state, from the outside.” The Czech Republic’s role in the NATO military alliance, as well as the European Union, could have played a role in their targeting. We are awaiting further updates on the situation.