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Hackers have years to infiltrate EU diplomatic cables, US security firm says

The European Union said that it is probing a “potential leak of sensitive information” after a New York Times that the EU diplomatic cables were hacked.
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LONDON – The European Union said that it is probing a “potential leak of sensitive information” after a New York Times that the EU diplomatic cables were hacked.

The EU council secretariat, insisted we take the security of the IT systems “very seriously.”

The european Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis told reporters that he would not respond to leaks.

“All communication systems have vulnerabilities, so we constantly have to deal with this challenge,” he said.

The Times of access to about 1100 EU diplomatic cables by the “zone 1” security company, a california company that discovered the hacker. The “phishing” apparently occurred over a period of three years, starting in 2015.

The company is of the opinion that a Chinese unit was responsible. He told the Financial Times that the hackers took advantage of a weak link in the cypriot Ministry of Foreign affairs.

A security company called Area 1, is of the opinion that a Chinese unit was responsible. He told the Financial Times that the hackers took advantage of a weak link in the cypriot Ministry of Foreign affairs.
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The cables revealed information about what EU officials think about President Trump, Russia moves into the Ukraine, China, Iran nuclear deal, as well as day-to-day diplomacy.

The cables are not properly classified and the information breaks little new ground. But experts say the safety concerns are real.

A document published for the capture of a senior European official in Washington recommends that ambassadors of the EU member states to circumvent Trump by dealing directly with Congress.

In another clear message, European diplomats described a recent summit between the Trumpet and the Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, as “passed (at least for Putin).”

Includes reporting by The Associated Press.

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