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The trail leads to Beijing

hackers have stolen thousands of messages from the diplomats of the European Union in an attack on an internal EU network. Over the years, the attackers should

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The trail leads to Beijing

hackers have stolen thousands of messages from the diplomats of the European Union in an attack on an internal EU network. Over the years, the attackers should have had access to the communication between the employees, such as the New York Times reported on Tuesday. In the case of the stolen messages to be so-called diplomatic cables, the diplomatic and government members can exchange with each other.

The allegedly stolen documents in-depth insights into the work of the EU diplomats and the European perspective on developments in international politics in recent years. In the case of the affected Reports to be, among other things, discussions between heads of state and government of the United States, Saudi Arabia, Israel and other countries, which had spread to the diplomats within the European network. Including, for example, the summary of a conversation between representatives of the European Union and the Chinese President, Xi Jinping: the Latter is quoted thus in the report with the words, the harassment of the US President Donald Trump to Beijing resembled "a Freestyle Boxing match without any rules". A Meeting between Trump and the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, the EU should have explained a Diplomat in a report that this "was successful (at least for Putin)".

"Extremely seriously,"

Other messages deal with the trade dispute between China and the United States, or comment on the policies of U.S. President Trump. Numerous reports in turn according to the "New York Times" the war in Eastern Ukraine and the conflict between Kiev and Moscow. In a report in February warned accordingly by the EU diplomats, Russia might have stationed nuclear warheads on the 2014 annexed the black sea Peninsula of Crimea. Under the by the hackers intercepted analyses, it also hints at the tense relationship between the EU and the USA. The Deputy head of the EU Mission, Caroline Vicini is quoted, referred to the United States "as our main Partner". At the same time, there are also numerous areas of Conflict, for example, in the attitude towards climate change and the US sanctions against Iran.

It is not the documents the documents were classified as top secret. These would be sent via a different and more secure network, is it from Brussels. The General Secretariat of the Council, showed himself still, worried and said that the case was being investigated. For more information on the allegations or to specific measures, the authority is not made. She assured, however, that you take the safety of its facility and the IT systems "extremely seriously".

Discovered the leak to have the American security firm Area 1, based in California. More than 1100 of the stolen diplomatic cables should have put the company in the "New York Times". 88 pages with the allegedly in the attack, stolen news, the newspaper published on Tuesday are freely accessible on their website. The experts at the security firm believe that behind the attack on the EU communication channels for the Chinese people's liberation army. The procedure of the attack is similar to the pattern of the hackers from the Chinese military.

U.S. plan against action

This would be already the second in the past few weeks, known attack, it is assumed that the participation of China. So should also be in the in November made public the attack on the hotel chain Starwood, a Marriott subsidiary, employees of the Chinese state security have been involved. During the attack the data of up to half a billion guests have been stolen worldwide. US diplomats and government employees are more likely to descend in the from data Theft affected Hotels in the chain.

The American authorities believe that the attack on the IT System of the hotel chain could possibly be part of a broader espionage-attack by Chinese hackers. Since one and a half years, hackers in China to try and systematically, in systems of American companies and the authorities to penetrate. Washington should have been planning for a September large-scale actions against the attackers.

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 20.12.2018, 07:26 PM

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