Hacking of the Europol platform

14 May 2024 1 minute Author: Newsman

The European body Europol has confirmed the hacking of its Europol Platform for Experts (EPE), saying that sensitive data had been illegally obtained by attackers who had already offered it for sale online.

The attacker, known as IntelBroker, announced on a forum that he was selling data containing critical information from several Europol teams and task forces. Europol claims that the data compromise affected only a closed group of EPE users, and critical operating systems were left untouched. However, there is already information about the sale of stolen data.

The Europol Expert Platform (EPE) is used by law enforcement agencies to share knowledge and best practices. This incident highlights the potential security risks facing global law enforcement agencies as a result of the digitalization of information sharing.

Despite Europol’s claims that there was no impact on core systems, the hacking incident raised questions about the effectiveness of the organization’s cybersecurity measures. This highlights the importance of strengthening data protection in today’s digital world.

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