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June 22, 2021

STS’s Opris warns: Cyberattacks used for political aims, one attack occurred during the presidential campaign

The tools of cyberwar can be used for political aims as well, head of the Special Telecommunications Service (STS) Marcel Opris said on Thursday, adding that such an episode occurred during the 2014 presidential campaign.

‘Cyberattack possibilities can also be used for other purposes as well. I guess it is no news to you that all the state infrastructures relevant to the competitors were attacked in terms of information during the presidential campaign. I guess that is no news and you did not imagine things. There are people in the room who know that to be true (…). Dear politicians and representatives of the civil society, the tools of cyberwar can be used for political aims as well. And when I say that I am fully responsible and I would like us to analyse this aspect,’ Opris told a public debate on rights and freedoms in the context of cybersecurity and telecommunications, organised by the National Liberal Party (PNL) MP group in the Chamber of Deputies.

In the same context, General Opris said that the institutions certified to ensure cybersecurity in Romania should possess the most appropriate legislative instruments to the point. He mentioned the need for improved regulation of prepaid phone cards and personal data retention.

Opris refused to make press statements after the meeting, saying that anyone wanting details of the alleged cyberattack should ask STS in writing.

Agerpres informs that attending the debate, moderated by honorary chairman of the Pro Democracy Association Cristian Parvulescu, were MPs from the committees overseeing the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI) and the Foreign Intelligence Service (SIE), Ombudsman Victor Ciorbea, SRI officials as well as representatives of NGOs, including APADOR-CH (Association for the Defence of Human Rights in Romania – Helsinki Committee), the Fundatia pentru o Societate Deschisa (Open Society Foundation), ActiveWatch, and Militia Spirituala (Spiritual Militia).


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