Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda said that there is reason to believe that hackers could have gained access to classified documents during the attack on the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry.
This is reported by LRT.
Earlier, this was stated by adviser Nausea. The Foreign Ministry declined to comment on her words, limiting itself to the report that a cyberattack was attempted on the office.
“An investigation is underway, of course, we will subsequently assess the damage caused by this attack. But there are certain indications that some information has been leaked. And this information is classified,” Gitanas Nausseda said in an interview with Delfi. lt.
According to him, the leak of this information could cause considerable damage to the “first of all allies” of Lithuania. He said he couldn’t disclose details.
National Defense Minister Arvydas Anusauskas said in a separate comment that the cyberattack on the Foreign Ministry was carried out last November as well. It was not publicly reported then. He said that Russian intelligence services were most likely behind the attack then and now.
Recall that on August 11, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania announced the attempt of a cyberattack on its systems, without giving any other details.
At the same time, journalists of Lrt. lt and Delfi. lt reported that hackers in the forums claimed a cyberattack and stole about 1.5 million letters from correspondence of the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry with embassies and partners, including classified documents.