Belgian military hit by cyber attack — Analysis

Belgium’s Ministry of Defense was targeted with a significant cyber attack exploiting a recently discovered vulnerability in a popular logging tool, officials have confirmed, noting they are still attempting to secure the network.

According to a report in local media, the security breach was first discovered last week but it was only made public Monday by Commander Olivier Severin (ministry spokesman). 

“[The Defense Ministry] on Thursday discovered an attack on its computer network with internet access,”Severin stated, “Additionally,” “All weekend our teams have been mobilized to control the problem, continue our activities and warn our partners.”

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Politico also heard from Ludivine, the spokesperson for Defence Minister Dedonder. “working hard”to safeguard the network. Officials are yet to speculate on the cause of the attack.

According to reports, the breach was caused by a vulnerability in Log4j (a popular utility), which was discovered earlier this month. This raised concerns that hackers might use it as a way of compromising millions of computers. While many attackers have exploited the flaw to install cryptocurrency mining software on computers without the owners’ knowledge, others have taken aim at businesses and even government agencies, according to Check Point, an Israel-based cyber security firm.

Officials and businesses in Belgium and elsewhere have tried to resolve the issue quickly. Google reported that it has assigned 500 engineers by Google to check its code. The US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (USCISA) issued an emergency directive to other federal agencies last week, asking them to correct the vulnerability.



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