NATO and European governments hit by cyber attack

  • Hackers targeted dozens of computer systems at government agencies across Europe using a flaw in Adobe Systems software, according to security researchers said on Wednesday.

    NATO also acknowledged it had been the victim of a cyber attack, adding that its systems had not been compromised.

    Russia's Kaspersky Lab and Hungary's Laboratory of Cryptography and System Security, the private computer security firms that made the discovery, said targets included government computers in the Czech Republic, Ireland, Portugal and Romania.

    A think tank, a research institute and a healthcare provider in the United States along with a research institute in Hungary and organizations in Belgium and Ukraine were also affected by the malicious software, dubbed "MiniDuke".

    It is believed MiniDuke was designed for espionage.

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