EU Staff Laptops Allegedly Hacked at Conference

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In a recent blog post, European Commission vice president Neelie Kroes claimed that her advisers' computers were hacking during last week's Internet Governance Forum in Baku, Azerbaijan.

"The attack in question targeted the MacBooks of Kroes’ spokesman Ryan Heath and a second colleague while they were in their hotel," writes The Register's Phil Muncaster. "Heath told AP they received a warning message from Apple that the computers had been accessed by a third party. 'I’m presuming it was some kind of surveillance,' he told the news wire. 'What we’re going to do is to get the computers forensically analysed to see what if anything was taken out of them.'"

"Heath does not believe any EC data was compromised in Baku," Infosecurity reports. "'We mentioned it because it served to underline our point about problems with free expression in Azerbaijan, rather than because of any obvious damage done,' Heath told EurActiv."

"A spokesman for the Azerbaijani 's president's office said local law enforcement and the managers of the hotel where Ms Kroes and her staff stayed had been told to 'address the issue,'" BBC News reports. "So far, the spokesman told Azerbaijan's Trend newspaper, no facts or evidence about the attacks had been passed to authorities. ... The spokesman denied there had been any interference with the laptops and said Ms Kroes' claims were made to undermine the image of the country."