Russian hackers have been accessing information in the unprotected email accounts of the employees of Danish Defense Ministry for two years, as stated in a report of the Danish special services, the Danish newspaper Berlingske reported. The emails were hacked in 2015 and 2016.
"This is very controlled. These are not small hacking groups doing it for the fun of it. This is tied to the intelligence services or central elements in the Russian regime," Defense Minister of Denmark Claus Hjort Frederiksen said after reading the report.
The newspaper reports that the hacker group behind the attacks on the Danish Defense Ministry is “Fancy Bear,” a group controlled by the Russian authorities. This group was accused of hacking the servers of the Democratic Party during the election campaign in the United States.
"The information could be abused in attempts to recruit, blackmail or plan further espionage," the newspaper stated, quoting the report of the special services. At present, the holes in security systems are patched up, the newspaper notes.