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Cyber attacks on NATO increase 60 percent


· 每日跟讀單元 Daily English

With technological advancements, the incidence of cyber warfare is increasing daily. Last year, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), responsible for maintaining European security, was hit by an average of 500 cyber attacks a month, a massive increase of 60 percent on the previous year.


NATO secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg told Germany’s Die Welt that the majority of these attacks were not by individual hackers, and were carried out with the assistance of institutions of governments hostile to the organization, giving him cause for serious concern.


According to Stoltenberg, the increase in cyber attacks will be one of the issues the next NATO summit is to focus on, in order to reinforce NATO’s defense mechanisms.


He also issued a warning that, should a cyber attack threaten power grids, medical facilities or other crucial infrastructure, the attack will be even more dangerous. He also expressed his concerns that these hackers would be able to harm NATO’s defensive capabilities and armed forces operations, since all military activities are transmitted via the Internet, and any problems could have serious implications.


This year is to be an important year for elections in Europe, and governments of many countries, including Germany, France and the Netherlands, are all expressing concern over cyber attacks. Given this, Stoltenberg also said that NATO has already set up a special emergency task force, to assist governments to maintain network security during election periods.


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