Search headlines:    

Engineeringnet.eu

Visit newsfeed Belgium
www.engineeringnet.be


Visit newsfeed The Netherlands
www.engineeringnet.nl

<news> 16/09/2013 12:03:44

NSA possibly involved in major Belgian telecom hack

Print   |  Email   |  Share   |  Message to the editors Post comments

This weekend, Belgian telecom provider Belgacom unvealed to have found 'traces of digital intrusion its internal IT system'. Insiders confirm the involvement of American security agency NSA.

ENGINEERINGNET.EU – This weekend internet and telephone services provider Belgacom in Belgium revealed to have found traces of a digital intrusion in its internal IT system. Belgacom is a public company, of which the majority of shares is owned by the Belgian state.

The company claims to have taken all appropriate actions to protect the integrity of its IT system and to further reinforce the prevention against possible incidents.

The newspaper 'De Standaard' however cites anonymous but reliable sources confirming that the National Security Agency was already monitoring all Belgacom international telephone traffic 'during at least two years'.

Belgacom has filed a complaint against an unknown third party and 'is granting its full support to the investigation that is being performed by the Federal Prosecutor'.

As to the perpetrators and their motives, the company states 'it is up to the Federal Prosecutor’s investigation to bring clarity on this'.

In the meantime the Belgian prime minister Elio Di Rupo also condemned the hack in an official press release, stating: "The Government takes notice that the technology used would indicate the high level involvement of another country."

"If this hypothesis is confirmed and the intrusion is indeed of a case of so-called cyber espionage, the government strongly condemns this intrusion and this breach of the integrity of the public company."

"In that case, the government will take the appropriate steps."

The hack takes an extra dimension as Brussels, the capital of Belgium, hosts the official seats of the European Commission and the European Parliament, but also the NATO headquarters and many lobby organizations. << (BB) (photo: European Commission, prime minister Elio De Rupo)

SOURCES:
Press release of Belgacom:
Belgacom takes actions related to IT security
Press release of prime minister Elio Di Rupo (in French):
Réaction suite à l’intrusion dans le système informatique de Belgacom
The original news item on Engineeringnet.be (in Dutch):
Belgacom ontdekt sporen van hack door (mogelijk) Amerikaanse NSA

  

There are 1 comment(s) on this newsitem

elfdome (16/09/2013)

Thank you Mr. Snowden where ever you are. Thank you for help keeping the world free from tyrnany!

OTHER NEWS of this organisation

NSA possibly involved in major Belgian telecom hack

Energy Sector Middle East Vulnerable to Cyber-Attacks

 

SIMILAR NEWS

NSA possibly involved in major Belgian telecom hack

Energy Sector Middle East Vulnerable to Cyber-Attacks

Application for Continuous Analysis of Big Streams of Data

Brain Activity Stimulated on Video Cards

ASML Acquires Cymer to Accelerate Development of EUV Technology

New European Knowledge Institute for Cyber Security

Russia Named Partner Country for Hannover Fair 2013 - article

Plextronics Partners with Holst Centre to Drive OLED Lighting Research

Japanese System Improves Quality of Life of Parkinson’s Disease Patients

Samsung Joins ASML’s Lithography Innovation Program

related news

Henkel builds China's largest adhesives plant in Shanghai

Tepco releases 1,000 tonnes of radioactive water into ocean (+ video)

Foxconn replaces human employees with one million robots

More related news >>

technology

German Machine Vision Market Approaches Sales Record

VDMA Machine Vision Market Survey shows that industry turnover of German machine vision sector in 2012 almost reached its previous peak value of 2011: 1.49 compared to 1.51 billion euros.

best practices

New Mathematical Techniques allow Simulations Off-Shore Wind Farms

Recent figures by CBS (Statistics Netherlands) show that 4% of the energy produced in the Netherlands comes from renewable sources.

Free Subscription

Engineeringnet's Weekly

The Engineering & Technology News Overview

Receive  'Engineering's Weekly' every thursday for free in your mailbox. No banners, no buttons. Sign up now!

BLOGS

ICT

Neelie Kroes: Are you a Tech All-Star? Seeking EU start-up talent!

Dr. James Truchard: Embedded Systems and Mobile Devices

On your website

Use our RSS feed to publish the international news on your own website. Click here to mail your request