Monday, October 26, 2009

Swiss foreign ministry hit by computer attack

GENEVA — Unidentified hackers have penetrated the Swiss foreign ministry's computer system to seize data, forcing parts of it to be shut down for several days, the ministry revealed Monday.

The "professional virus attack" allowed outsiders to gain access to the computer system to obtain unspecified information, the ministry said in a statement.

It said the extent of the data mining was unknown.

"Unknown perpetrators used special software in this attack to reach the ministry's IT infrastructure and to acquire specific information," the statement said.

Government computer technicians and specialists from software giant Microsoft discovered the "well hidden" software on October 22.AFP

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