Belgian phone firm hacked; suspected spy attack

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Associated Press

Posted on September 16, 2013 at 6:04 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 16 at 8:06 PM

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium's main phone operator says its systems have been hacked in what the government describes as a suspected incident of cyber-espionage.

Belgian Prime Minister Elio di Rupo said in a statement Monday that initial information points toward a sophisticated system of intrusion for "strategic information gathering" with "a high-level involvement by another country."

Belgacom said its experts found "traces of a digital intrusion in the company's internal IT system" but restored the system's integrity over the weekend.

The company said it currently has no indication of any impact on its customers or their data. It has filed a complaint with federal prosecutors.

The incident came weeks after reports based on material leaked by Edward Snowden which claimed that U.S. surveillance agencies were eavesdropping on European Union institutions based in Brussels.

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