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Industrial company VKG victim of cyber espionage

Oil shale industrial company Viru Keemia Grupp (VKG) has recently been affected by cyber espionage, the Information Systems Authority (RIA) reported on Wednesday.

According to RIA, they were able to detect traffic showing characteristics typical of malware used to skim passwords, ERR’s “Aktuaalne Kaamera” newscast reported on Wednesday. Software was found also that allows third parties to access the company’s information systems.

VKG’s network traffic had shown that the company had been subject to a targeted attack. According to CEO Ahti Asmann, the cyber attack did not affect their everyday operations. Currently the company was reviewing its systems for security leaks and possible improvements, Asmann said.

RIA confirmed that the attack was extraordinary, very well prepared, and hard to trace.

“On one hand these events have become more frequent, on the other there is no point to jump to conclusions. There isn’t any danger to essential services that would arise from cyber attacks alone, but there simply is a larger number of incidents coming from human error and technological blunders,” RIA’s chief analyst, Kadri Kaska, told ERR.

Editor: Dario Cavegn

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