INTELLIGENCE

SRI’s 2014 activity review report: Relative growth in country’s profile as possible target of attacks

The Romanian Intelligence Service’s (SRI) 2014 activity review report has been published on the Lower Chamber’s website, being an unclassified report. The report was debated by the parliament’s intelligence commission, and a date will be set for its debate within Parliament’s plenum meeting.
The document reviews the main coordinates of SRI’s activity last year, presenting details about the institution’s specific prevention measures as well as its measures to inform and notify the criminal investigation and prosecution bodies.
The report shows that “SRI did not face strategic surprises in 2014,” despite the complex situations registered during the period concerned. The document also refers to the Islamic State group, considered to be the main terrorist threat to the international community, but also to persons with jihadist background using illegal migration routes. In this context, the report points out that there has been “relative growth in our country’s profile as a possible target of attacks.”
Cybersecurity risks were listed too, the conclusion being that “the cybersecurity level in Romania is currently insufficient to properly respond to high-complexity attacks.” Likewise, the report outlines the fact that “cyber aggressions conducted by state aggressors” have also made their presence felt in 2014.
The SRI report also reviews counter-espionage activities, emphasizing that the geopolitical developments registered in 2014 “have placed Romania in the confrontation zone of the main actors’ interest and influences.” The document draws attention to the low rate of absorption of European funds, considered to be “a sore point on the public agenda.”
The SRI report also refers to the phenomenon of corruption, considered to affect “virtually all of the sectors of strategic importance,” considering that it manifested itself “particularly” in the public administration.
In 2014 the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) continued to be one of the main beneficiaries of SRI intelligence reports, the anticorruption institution receiving 1,229 reports.
The Directorate for the Investigation of Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) received 826 reports, while the High Court of Justice’s Prosecutor’s Office (PICCJ) received 126 reports.
In what concerns the sensitive issue of telephone tapping, the report shows that in 2014 SRI acted on 44,759 telephone tapping warrants, the main beneficiaries being the Public Ministry and the DNA (42,263 warrants).

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