Defence firm says no sensitive data acquired in hack

12th May 2016, Comments 0 comments

Following news of a hack that had possibly revealed the identities of an elite Swiss army unit, the RUAG defence firm said no such sensitive information had been leaked.

Several newspapers reported last week that Russian hackers had broken into RUAG’s database during the World Economic Forum in January and gained access to information about the secret DRA10 special forces unit, which was established for risky operations in foreign countries.

However, on Thursday, RUAG said such information is not stored on RUAG servers and could not have been accessed by the hackers. The military contractor, which has close ties to the defence ministry, said it regrets the breach of its system and that the matter had been handled quickly and professionally.

Earlier this week, Alex Kuprecht, the head of the chief parliamentary investigatory committee, said that multiple gigabytes of data had been accessed in the hack. However, in its statement released on Thursday, RUAG said that only a very small fraction of its database had been hacked.

The cyber attack against the defence ministry was made public last week. Intelligence services say the breach began in December 2015, and they responded in January 2016 following a tip from abroad.

In connection with the hack, the public prosecutor opened a criminal investigation against an unknown entity on suspicion of industrial espionage. The Federal Council has also taken measures which were not disclosed for security reasons.


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