INTERVIEW - Hackers in SEE Most Often Target Public Institutions, Finance Firms

INTERVIEW - Hackers in SEE Most Often Target Public Institutions, Finance Firms

Public institutions and finance companies are the most common target of hacker groups in Southeast Europe (SEE) - unlike in Western Europe, a senior cybersecurity expert at global tech company IBM told SeeNews."Unfortunately, as you can imagine, public and finance customers in our region are most interesting for the hacker groups for different political and economic reasons," Dusan Milidrag, CEE Security Business Unit Executive at IBM, told SeeNews in an interview during a security event held in Warsaw, Poland, earlier this month. While in the Western world it is usually finance and telecommunications companies that are being attacked, in SEE different ministries top the list, followed by finance institutions, he added. According to data by market research company IDC for last year, 50% of national governments in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) would roll back, postpone, or cancel plans to introduce e-elections, such as electronic voting stations and Internet voting, because of cybersecurity fears and concerns about potential election tampering.

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