BRUSSELS – Russian Internet security firm Kaspersky Lab says unknown hackers have been stealing EU and Nato-encrypted files.
The operation – dubbed “Red October” – claimed victims in embassies, government and military institutions in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Portugal, Slovakia and Spain.
It also hit Australia, Iran, Israel, Russia and the US, among others.
But Belgium, the home of the EU and Nato headquarters, saw 15 separate breaches – the fourth highest number of any country on the list.
Over the past five years, the hackers pulled material, such as files, as well as keystroke history and Internet browsing history, from desktop and laptop computers, servers and USB sticks.
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