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State actors may be behind ongoing cyberattack on Austria’s foreign ministry

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An ongoing and “serious cyberattack” at Austria’s foreign ministry could be the work of nation-state actors, the country’s government said.

The ministry has set up a “coordination committee” to respond to the attack, which started as the country’s Greens party okayed an alliance with conservatives.

While the foreign ministry discovered the attack and responded quickly, the incident is ongoing.

“Due to the gravity and nature of the attack, it cannot be excluded that it is a targeted attack by a state actor,” the foreign and interior ministries said in a joint statement cited in a report by the Associated Press.

It is similar in nature to a pair of attacks against Germany in 2015 and 2018 believed to be the work of Russia’s Fancy Bear APT group.

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