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OSCE hit by cyber attack, Russian hackers suspected

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OSCE hit by cyber attack, Russian hackers suspected

<p>The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe has been the target of a major cyber attack, a spokeswoman said on Wednesday, confirming a report by French newspaper Le Monde.</p> <p>However, the security and human rights watchdog would not speculate on reports that Russian hackers were behind the breach.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe confirms it was the victim of a “major” cyber attack <a href="https://t.co/1pca0WWziO">https://t.co/1pca0WWziO</a></p>— <span class="caps">AFP</span> news agency (@AFP) <a href="https://twitter.com/AFP/status/814227891814809600">December 28, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>“There was an attack. We found out about it at the beginning of November,” a spokeswoman for the Vienna-based <span class="caps">OSCE</span> said. “The systems are safe now. We were given entirely new security systems and passwords.”</p> <p>Le Monde quoted a Western intelligence agency saying the attack was likely carried out by the Russian hacking group APT28 – also known as Fancy Bear, Pawn Storm and Sofacy. That group is the same thought to have hacked the US democratic party’s emails to influence the presidential election.</p> <p>Le Monde said Russia may now be trying to undermine the impartiality and legitimacy of the <span class="caps">OSCE</span> over its role in eastern Ukraine.</p> <p>The organisation, which has 57 member states, is best known for observing elections and for monitoring a ceasefire agreement between Ukrainian troops and Russian-backed separatists in the country’s east.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I know this is Buzzfeed, but it's a really good piece: “Meet Fancy Bear, The Russian Group Hacking The US Election” <a href="https://t.co/vPJpeextK2">https://t.co/vPJpeextK2</a></p>— Mandy Kovacs (@MandyVKovacs) <a href="https://twitter.com/MandyVKovacs/status/788387563522392064">October 18, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>