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Fri, 01 Nov, 2013 04:14:07 AM
MTV3 report on alleged cyber espionage by Russia, China
FTimes-STT Report, November 1
The Prime Minister, Jyrki Katainen. Photo Lehtikuva
Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen on Thursday said he was aware of the incident of spying on the digital system of the foreign ministry but claimed that the most sensitive information remained secured.
“I was aware of the incident in last spring,” said the premier on his arrival from Moscow where he had met his Russian counterpart Dmitri Medvedev.
Katainen also said the issue had been discussed in various forums including the government, before the president and the cabinet committee on foreign and security policy.
He said the discussions were aimed at tackling what "we already know, what was investigated and what kind of measures were to be taken to counter."
Terming the incident “very serious,” the prime minister said the matter was made confidential in order to give more to time to the counter measures.
Earlier in the afternoon, Foreign MinisterErkki Tuomioja at a press conference confirmed the wide range of cyber espionage on the digital information system on the Foreign
Ministry, although he said the intention of the attack could not be known.
Tuomioja also said an investigation was going on in this regard.
Earlier, MTV3 in a report said China and Russia were suspected of being involved with the espionage on the Finnish Foreign Ministry’s digital information.
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