Cyber-attacks on the rise

Cyber-attack incidents upon Latvia have been increasing in frequency, but our specialists are on the watch and successfully thwarting all attempts to hack state and public information systems, Information and Communications Technology Association head Signe Bāliņa told independent channel LNT television news program 900 sekundes Wednesday.

The challenges to Latvia as it takes over the Presidency of the Council of the EU in just over two weeks will be even greater than those faced by Lithuania in the second half of 2013, she said.

“It’s clear there will be attacks, and they’re going on all the time. Right now the talk is more of attacks from one particular state upon Latvia, yet considering the global unity of the digital sphere, it’s not possible to tell the source – east or west – of the attack,” explained the IT sector association’s leader.

In her opinion state information systems as well as some of Latvia’s larger private information systems are possibly at highest risk and level of vulnerability.

Lithuania has recently seen more active cyber-attacks not just from foreign domains, but also from within its own national territory. Last year more than 25,000 such hacking attempts were fixed there, while this year the levels are even higher by an estimated 10-20%, more than a year now since Lithuania’s EU Council Presidency term.

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