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The Virus attacks Spain defence intranet, foreign state suspected: paper

FILE PHOTO: A projection of cyber-code on a hooded man is pictured in this illustration photo taken on May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel//File Photo

MADRID (Reuters) – A computer virus infected the Spanish Ministry of Defence intranet this month with the purpose of stealing high-tech military secrets, El País newspaper said on Tuesday, citing sources, leading the investigation if the suspicion of a foreign power behind the cyber attack.

A Ministry of Defence spokesman said the ministry would not comment.

El País said the virus apparently was introduced via e-mail and was first spotted in the beginning of March. However, it may have gone unnoticed for months in an intranet with more than 50,000 users.

Although the network does not carry confidential information, the paper said its sources were concerned about a broader infection to other networks, with the goal of accessing information in connection with secret military technology.

The research was to determine who is responsible for the cyber attack, but sources told El País was the too technical too complex to be done by the standard hackers. “There is a state behind it,” she said.

Reporting by Jose Elias Rodriguez; Editing by Axel Bugge and Frances Kerry

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