The troops of the Alliance, located in the Baltic States and Poland, were subjected to cyber attacks. The target of the attacks, according to the newspaper The Wall Street Journal, have become cell phones soldiers, of which unidentified attackers stole personal information. NATO believes that this new object of interest associated with Russian hackers. Direct evidence, however, is not represented.
DW reports that are used for attacks, expensive drones with surveillance and hidden antenna – equipment that barely had a chance to use fans.
WSJ journalists talked to one of the soldiers, whose mobile phone was hacked. He said he had contact with a man who thinks a Russian intelligence agent. He claimed that he owns the personal data of a NATO soldier.
Another source told the WSJ, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. army Christopher L Era, said that fears of surveillance of Russians in his movements, which they exercise with the help of a hacked smartphone.
“We are already faced with trying to negatively affect our troops, but personnel prepared to accomplish a task, in spite of these hybrid calls,” said DW NATO spokesman on condition of anonymity. “All necessary measures”, according to him, taken to “protect the mission” of the Alliance in Eastern Europe.
Concerns were raised by new information from a former officer of a scout of the army of the Netherlands Joe Shenouda which runs a leading cyberanalytic in the telecommunications company Verizon. The problem, according to Shenouda, is that, despite training and regular warnings, many soldiers still “incredibly careless”. They continue to live their online life freely to share data about your location, download mobile apps and so on.
At the same time, analyst of the us Foundation German Marshall Fund in Brussels Bruno Summer says that he’s got such messages to particular alarm is not caused. Hacking attempts easily neutralized, he points out, simply order the soldiers not to bring their smartphones to the exercises, operations or other missions.
In this Summer, stressed that while NATO on this front to catch up and only responds to threats. This is despite the fact that deterrence of cyber attacks is also a priority of the Alliance, and cyberspace is officially recognized as another field of confrontation.