European Union Holds Largest-Ever Cyber-Security Exercise

European Union Holds Largest-Ever Cyber-Security Exercise

The European Network and Information Security Agency coordinated an exercise based in Athens

European Union Holds Largest-Ever Cyber-Security ExerciseThe European Union (EU) carried out its biggest exercise to prevent cyber-attacks on Europe’s public utilities and communications networks, according to a report

Udo Helmbrecht, the director of the European Network and Information Security Agency, said the one-day exercise involving 29 countries and 200 agencies dealt with attack scenarios against “critical infrastructure.”

He cited past incidents including a wave of cyber-attacks against Estonia in 2007 that severely affected the country’s banks and government agencies as well as the Stuxnet computer virus that was used to target energy and industrial sites in Iran.

“Now this malware is out in the world, so if you are a criminal you can re-engineer it and use it to attack a water supply, or a car manufacturing plant, or a government,” said Helmbrecht.

The EU agency says web-based attacks increased globally by nearly a quarter in 2013 from a year earlier.

“The sophistication and volume of cyber-attacks are increasing nearly every day,” said Neelie Kroes, the EU Commission vice president. “They cannot be countered if individual states work along or just a handful of them act together.”

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