Montenegro needs help to ensure its cyber security. Since August 26, this Balkan NATO member country has been the target of a cyberattack, the second in a week that its defense ministry has attributed to Russia, or at any rate the state, because of its sophistication. The computer systems of several institutions, including the Ministry of Finance, were hit. According to the authorities, this will be “the most powerful attack” ever known to the country. However, the damage will not be “lasting”, and the data of citizens and businesses will not be compromised, according to AFP.
However, the local press mentions the risks to the water and electricity networks, since the power plants switched to manual operation after the cyber attack.
Franco-Slovenian Cyber Center in Montenegro
The Prime Minister of Montenegro asked for help from international experts in order to “possibly restore the data recovered during this attack and prevent attacks in the future.”
On August 27, France responded that it was sending experts from the National Information Systems Security Agency (Anssi) to Montenegro to “understand the situation and take the first immediate corrective measures,” said Jean-Noel, Minister Delegate in charge of Digital Transition and Telecommunications. Barro. Together with French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna, they clarified that this mission “is in line with the project to create a regional center for the development of cyber capacities, led by France and Slovenia, which will be based in Montenegro.”
Russia has considered Montenegro a “hostile country” since March, along with European Union countries, due to its acceptance of sanctions aimed at Moscow after its invasion of Ukraine in February.