Lithuanian health authorities hit by cyber attack


Riga, Dec. 30, 2020 Health authorities and other public institutions in Lithuania were hit by a cyber attack, the Defence Ministry’s national centre for cyber security said on Wednesday.

Government agencies received emails with infected attachments, which when opened spread the virus Emotet to the internal computer network.

From there it was able to automatically send false emails and execute other malicious activities, the centre for cyber security said in a statement.

Usage of the health authorities’ email server was temporarily limited to contain the spread of the virus after it was discovered on Tuesday.

Lithuania has repeatedly been victim to cyber attacks.

In December, a large number of public sector websites were hacked, resulting in the spread of false information.(

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