Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja spoke to Finnish national media in Helsinki on Thursday. UN Photo Geneva Citing unnamed sources, Finnish television channel MTV3 reports (Google Translate) that the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs was penetrated by malware over a period of four years.

The malware specifically targeted communications between Finland and the European Union. MTV3 adds that the breach was discovered earlier this year and that the Finnish government suspects Russian or Chinese intelligence agencies to be behind the breach.

Ari Uusikartan, the director general of the information and documentation division at Finland’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs, told reporters (Google Translate) that the breach appears to involve a unknown piece of malware “similar to, and more sophisticated than Red October” malware, but that it was not Red October itself. Earlier this year, Ars reported how Red October is the “Swiss Army knife of malware.”     

Leave a Reply