Passwords, emails and data compromised in targeted attack on an African embassy in Dublin

An African embassy is understood to have been breached for ten days in February, with cyber criminals gaining access to passwords, emails and data.  

Andy Norton, intelligence threat director of Lastline, a malware protection provider, said: “We track infections from sophisticated tools. In the course of our investigation, one of the tools compromised was an African ambassador based out of Dublin.” 

He added: “They were able to comprise email passwords and website passwords, which depending on the threat actor, can be used for the purposes of espionage, financial gain or a number of other purposes. Whoever perpetrated the breach would have been able to log in as the ambassador and send emails as the ambassador. 

“They would have had access to read conversations or view any electronic information that was on their system. So they would have full access to the politically sensitive information.” 

For security reasons, Norton could not reveal the country that was attacked. It says the breach has been rectified but added: “The potential for harm is certainly there.” 

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