Cybersecurity

17-11-2021

Council of Europe adopts additional protocol to tackle cybercrime

Ministers at the Council of Europe, an international human rights body, adopted the second Additional Protocol to the Budapest Convention on Wednesday (17 November) to tackle the current surge in cybercrime.
11-11-2021

Ransomware attacks target German companies at the same time

Several German companies, including electronics retail companies MediaMarkt and Saturn, have been affected by ransomware attacks in recent days. EURACTIV Germany reports.
5G 28-10-2021

EU Parliament committee adopts new cybersecurity law for critical services

The leading committee of the European Parliament adopted on Thursday (28 October) a  legislative proposal intended to secure Europe’s critical entities from cyberattacks.
22-10-2021

Cybercrime threat in Germany higher than ever before

Threat levels for IT security in Germany are higher than ever before as cyberthreats increase and cybercriminals become increasingly professional, according to the IT Security Situation Report 2021 published by the Federal Office Information Security (BSI) on Thursday (21 October). EURACTIV Germany reports.
20-10-2021

EU countries to ‘explore the potential’ of a joint cyber unit

EU member states have opened to the Commission’s proposal for a Joint Cyber Unit while remaining cautious to avoid overlapping existing initiatives.
15-10-2021

Russian cyberattacks during German elections not yet used for disinformation

The information captured by the cyberattacks carried out against Bundestag lawmakers during Germany's federal election by a hacker group said to be associated with the Russian secret service GRU was not used for disinformation but could still give Russia a strategic edge, officials and experts have said.
Global Europe 13-10-2021

Russia excluded from 30-country meeting to fight ransomware and cyber crime

Russia was not invited to attend a 30-country virtual meeting led by the United States that is aimed at combating the growing threat of ransomware and other cyber crime, a senior administration official said.
13-10-2021

Apple continues pushback on sideloading and third-party app stores

As international pressure on Apple's increases over accusations of anti-competitive practices, the tech giant continues to push back against alternative app shops and sideloading in the name of user security.
07-10-2021

European Parliament calls for increased EU cybersecurity capacity

In a resolution on the state of the EU cyber defence capabilities, the European Parliament called on the European Commission and EU member states to increase spending and staff dedicated to cyber defence.
24-09-2021

EU demands end to Russian-linked cyberattacks ahead of German elections

The European Union has called for an immediate end to malicious cyber activity by a group believed to be linked with the Russian state, following attacks against a number of EU countries. 
China 23-09-2021

Xiaomi says its smartphones do not censor users following Lithuania report

China's Xiaomi Corp said on Wednesday (22 September) that its devices do not censor users' communications, a day after Lithuania's Defence Ministry recommended that consumers avoid Chinese phones due to a censoring feature in the smartphone giant's flagship phone.
22-09-2021

Russian hackers targeted Afghan government before Taliban takeover, cybersecurity firm says

Talos Intelligence, the commercial threat intelligence team of software provider Cisco, said on Tuesday (21 September) it had identified a previously undocumented backdoor targeting the Afghan government ahead of the pullout of Western forces from the country in late August.
Digital & Media 16-09-2021

Commission launches recommendation on safety of journalists

European Commission Vice President for Values and Transparency Věra Jourová presented on Thursday (16 September) a Recommendation on the Safety of Journalists, urging EU countries to address security concerns in an environment increasingly hostile towards the media.
16-09-2021

EU chief announces cybersecurity law for connected devices

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced on Wednesday (15 September) a Cyber Resilience Act aimed at setting common cybersecurity standards for connected devices.
Digital & Media 10-09-2021

Digital Brief powered by Facebook: Nvidia seeks clearance, Germany’s conflicting views, DMA & DSA Council updates

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “We are working through the regulatory process and we look forward to engaging with the European Commission to address...
Global Europe 10-09-2021

Germany probes claims of pre-election MP hacking by Russia

German federal prosecutors said Thursday (9 September) they are probing alleged hacking attacks against lawmakers ahead of this month's German election that Berlin has blamed on Russia.
08-09-2021

ProtonMail slams French tactics following backlash on climate activist case

Encrypted email service ProtonMail has come under fire after it gave the IP address of a climate activist to the Swiss judiciary at the request of the French police. The company said it had no other choice and criticised France's tactics to obtain the information. EURACTIV France reports.
08-09-2021

Estonia proposes NATO-like expenditure rule for cybersecurity

Estonian Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology Andres Sutt proposed the introduction of NATO like expenditure rules for cybersecurity spending of the private and public sector to close the investment gap and tackle cyber threats.
08-09-2021

Internet of Things is missing horizontal cybersecurity standards

A report released by trade association DigitalEurope on Wednesday (8 September) underlined the lack of baseline cybersecurity requirements, saying the existing rules were insufficient and calling for a horizontal regulation as the EU is working on updating its cybersecurity legislation.
Digital & Media 03-09-2021

Digital Brief: Big Tech, Big Lobbying, Ireland’s fine, politics-free Facebook

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “The Commission is open to meeting anyone who wishes to speak to us. The Commission does not, and will...
27-08-2021

Digital Brief powered by Facebook: US national (cyber)security, UK tech superpower bid

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “I’ve invited you all here today because you have the power, the capacity, and the responsibility, I believe, to...
26-08-2021

Biden calls on tech giants to ‘raise the bar’ on cybersecurity

US President Joe Biden urged Big Tech leaders to step up their game in enhancing the country’s cybersecurity, following a series of high-profile cyber-attacks in recent months.
28-07-2021

TikTok to open new cybersecurity centre in Dublin

TikTok is launching a new cybersecurity centre in Ireland, the first of a number of “fusion centres” designed to respond in real-time to cyberthreats. 
28-07-2021

Pegasus shows no backdoor will be used only by good guys, Proton CEO say

Commenting on a recent cyber-surveillance scandal, a tech leader said encryption has made mass operations impossible and its integrity should be maintained at all costs, but he also pointed to Big Tech’s data collection practices as a major source of privacy vulnerabilities.