Situation in the wake of cyberattack

Situation in the wake of cyberattack

Eight victims in Slovenia were hit by Friday’s cyberattack, Slovenian authorities are monitoring the situation, while the consequences of what has been labelled an unprecedented global cyberattack are still being dealt with.

The latest Europol data shows that the cyberattack has hit more than 200,000 victims in at least 150 countries.

In Slovenia, car assembly factory Revoz, the subsidiary of France’s Renault, was the only company to have been attacked.

As a result, the company had to cancel the Friday-to-Saturday night shift and the Saturday shift.

Revoz spokesperson Nevenka Bašek Zildžović told the STA on Sunday evening that if there were no surprises, production could be relaunched on Monday.

The team dealing with the cyberattack has managed to almost completely restore the system, she said.

As for damage, Revoz would have made 400 cars during the cancelled shifts, while some damage was caused on the computers and some would result from additional work, she explained.

“Quite some time will be needed to fully assess the damage,” Bašek Zildžović told the STA.

While only eight victims reported to have been victims of the cyberattack in Slovenia, the acting boss of the Government Office for the Protection of Classified Information Dobran Božič believes that given the nature of the attack, the number is much higher.

Božič also believes that victims were targetted randomly rather than carefully selected in advance.

“The situation for Slovenia would be critical if the country was a victim of a targetted cyberattack,” said Božič, a former Slovenian Armed Forces (SAF) top official.

Available data shows that no Slovenian government institution has been a victim of this cyberattack.

Nevertheless, the cyberattack shows that Slovenia needs a supervisory body to set down minimum standards in cybersecurity, said Božič.

He explained that in the future, this will be the task of the Office for the Protection of Classified Information.

Given that the office was established only recently, in April, legislation is yet to be passed for it to become fully operational.

For the time being, we cannot act, but only monitor the situation, explained Božič, who served as the chief of the SAF’s general staff between February 2012 and October 2014.

He explained that he expected a bill on cybersecurity to be adopted, so that his office gets full powers to become a proper contact point for cybersecurity.

He also announced that one of the office’s priorities would be to protect critical infrastructure./IBNA

Source: The Slovenia Times