Hacked by China, Cyprus Said to be Cyber Sieve Giving Up EU Data

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Cypriot cyber security officials were scrambling after news reports unsecured servers and other lapses had allowed Chinese hackers to get into the island’s systems and breach diplomatic cables, with the European Union jumping in to investigate the matter.

The reported encroachment into the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus had government officials trying to explain what happened and that it wasn’t as serious as portrayed, despite the damaging reports from the New York Times and financial news agency Bloomberg.

The media outlets said that EU diplomatic cables were compromised because of the lax security on Cyprus that let Chinese operates get a look at confidential information for the island and the 28-country bloc.

Diplomatic sources who weren’t identified told the Greek newspaper Kathimerini they were frustrated and angry over the reports that led the Cypriot government to call an emergency meeting of its Digital Security Authority.

Sources from the Cypriot Foreign Ministry said attacks have happened in the past and even several times. “For national security reasons, we will not be elaborating further,” they said in an apparent attempt to do damage control and say the breaches weren’t critical.

Steven Erlanger, Chief Diplomatic Correspondent in Europe for The New York Times and David Sanger, National Security Correspondent, cited Oren Falkowitz, the Chief Executive of cyber security firm Area 1, who said Chinese hackers infiltrated the Cyprus system, gaining access to passwords connected to the EU’s entire database of exchanges.

Bloomberg said the report came on the heels of the US government probing the operations of the Chinese telecom equipment company Huawei Technologies, which sells mobile phones around the world, and suspected of helping China use its devices to spy.

The US intelligence agencies warned people not to use phones from Huawei nor services provided by China’s ZTE, which makes modems in use in other countries, including Greece, where they were part of the Internet network of the country’s telecom operator OTE.

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  1. Right on Cue …the enemies of America and their Anglo White Supremacist government of America …as the source of vital information …threatening the democracies of the world …and who …only the Exceptional country of America …. can save them …by identifying Cyprus enemies …who coincidentally…are always enemies of these White Supremacist wing of the U.S government …like the C.I.A!

    It is clear …that China is now an enemy of America ..because they represent a threat to the economic empire of Wall street… and we have already seen how enemies are created …in the Russian false narrartives..which are predictably…spit out by an acknowledged Public Relations propaganda machine ..for the Rich and Famous…and make Tokyo Rose ..look like an American hero in broadcasting …in comparison to the incredible scripts being imposed on the world ..by the New York Times and CNN!

    Like the meddling charges in Greece by Russia and the Greek Orthodox Monks of Mt Athos, the false hoax that Russia has dropped chemical weapons on civilians in Syria and led to war crimes bombing by America in Syria…. and the false lies accusing the leader fo Iraq..with developing weapons of Mass Destruction …which made Iraq …an enemy of America …. the enemy of he world to … invade, bomb and kill 600,000 iraqis , and the lies in Vietnam , highlighted by the Pentagon Papers which killed 3 1/2 million people …we continued to ignore the fact that a handful of degenerates have hijacked our country ..to forment hostilies and destroy relationships between the countries of the world !

    Importantly, they have recruited the only organization capable of collaborating with these degenerates …to evoke wars and commit crimes against Peace ….the now indictable Editors of the Media …for being complicit ..in crimes against peace!

    The Sad part ..and most dangerous consequence of this article …is that by now no one really beleives what the New York times reports or Cnn.. and they know it …but are required to embarrass themselves in order to make beleive …that what the say …is fully but without evidence ..the beliefs of the American people ..who in reality ..do not really matter ..and do not exist!

    Rule of thumb… and the only way you should use their information …is to recognize what it really means…as follows…What ever they are accusing Russia or China of doing …is really exactly what they are doing or planning to to against their disillusion enemies!

    Casd in point ..while they were accusing Russia , China , Iran etc etc of hacking and spying on America and its allies …and the Director of the C.I.A James Clapper … was testifying under oath ..that no department of the U.S government was involved in spying or surveillance operations of the people of America and the governments of the world …. a funny thing happened right after his testimony…Eric Snowden ..would blow the whistle on these criminals …by exposing irrefutable information …that wide spread and massive hacking and electronic hacking of America and the world was going on by the government of the countries of the world !

    Importantly, while the justice department is indicted people like Eric Snowden for his revelations and now punishing members of the Donald Trump Campaign for alleged lies…JAMES CLAPPER…C.I.A director …live the life of luxury …in retirement . for his service to his country ..for lying under Oath… the illegal and criminal spying on Americans!

    Just remember this …rule of thumb!

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