According to a new report released by the FBI and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Iranian hackers were able to remain undetected inside an Albanian government network for 14 months. At the end of this time period, the hackers deployed destructive malware. The hack resulted in Albania severing diplomatic
There is little doubt that cyber attacks are used by both state and nonstate actors a medium to support their geopolitical views and positions during times of regional and global crisis. The Ukraine conflict has underscored what has been going on for several years – actors resorting to offensive cyber operations to register their displeasure against an offender and his allies. In the early days, such as when NATO erroneously bombed the Chinese Embassy in Yugoslavia in 1999, or ongoing clashes over disputed territories like Kashmir, foreign policy decisions have been protested via an onslaught of cyber malfeasance. Fast forward to today, and this type of hacktivism has greatly evolved, moving from primarily the work of aggrieved nonstate politically-minded online activists, to more organized groups, sometimes sponsored by a nation state, and even in some cases, directed by them or state agents.
Albania has accused Iranian hackers for launching attacks against Albanian authorities. In the latest attacks, Iranian hackers took border control systems offline. Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama’s office took to Twitter over the weekend to confirm cyberattacks against the Total Information Management System that helps Albania track its border crossings.
The United Kingdom announced new plans to fast track the deportation of Albanian asylum seekers as the government attempts to decrease the surge in people crossing the english channel in small boats. The announcement says that British immigration officers will immediately process asylum claims made by Albanians, and those with
The prime minister of Albania, Edi Rama, has released a public apology for a cybersecurity incident in which the personal data of hundreds of thousand of Albanian citizens was leaked online. According to cybersecurity professionals, an Excel file containing data pertaining to employees in the public and private sectors was