Nation-state suspected in hacking of Czech foreign minister

Nation-state suspected in hacking of Czech foreign minister
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The Czech government believes a nation-state actor is behind the hacking of high-ranking Czech politicians, including Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek, according to reports.

Czech news site Neovlivní.cz reported that an official familiar with the investigation claimed thousands of files were stolen in the breach that is said to have lasted several months. 

“We are trying to determine the extent of the infestation,” government spokesman Michael Lagronová told the site.

The complexity of malware used in the attack has led some to believe the attack is from a nation-state, according to The Guardian.

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At a press conference, Zaorálek gave a hint he believed the attacker might be Russia.

“When I discussed this with the best experts that we have here, they told me that the character of the attack was such that the attack was very sophisticated, that it must have been, according to them, conducted by some foreign state, from the outside,” Zaorálek said, according to The Guardian. 

“They also told me that the way the attack was done very much resembles the character of attacks against the system of the Democratic party in the United States.”

The U.S. intelligence community has blamed Russia for the hacks of Democratic groups and individuals during the 2016 presidential election and concluded that the Kremlin conducted an influence campaign specifically to help Donald Trump win.

Russia has denied any involvement in the U.S. election, and President TrumpDonald John TrumpO'Rourke: Trump driving global, U.S. economy into recession Manchin: Trump has 'golden opportunity' on gun reforms Objections to Trump's new immigration rule wildly exaggerated MORE has resisted the intelligence community's findings.