"Everything was red": dozens of cyber attacks recorded during NATO summit in Vilnius

  • 2023-07-13
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS - Dozens of various information and cyber attacks were recorded during the NATO summit in Vilnius, a presidential advisor says.

"We were hit by dozens, if not hundreds, of attacks throughout the summit and just before the summit, (...) almost all of them were dealt with without exception," Kestutis Budrys, the presidential advisor on national security issues, told reporters at the Seimas on Thursday after a closed-door meeting of the parliamentary Committees on National Security and Defense and on Foreign Affairs, held to discuss the results of the NATO summit.

"Everything was red when the summit was taking place, and we dealt with it. (...) It was red in terms of intensity and we had DDoS attacks and various phishing operations," he said, adding that "the state's information resources were protected" during the attacks.

As the Vilnius summit was drawing to a close, reports emerged on Telegram of possible leaks related to the organization of the NATO summit on Wednesday. Police have opened a pre-trial investigation into the incident.

The published information may also be false, Budrys said, adding that the authorities are carrying out an assessment of this incident.