Prime minister’s e-mails hacked
Hackers reportedly targeted Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka’s private e-mails, hacking his address and publishing correspondence online. Police are investigating the incident.
Now, hackers have apparently focussed on Mr Sobotka again, this time finding their way to private e-mails in a personal account reportedly with the Czech search engine Seznam. E-mails retrieved by the group calling themselves the ‘Nationalist Hackers’ reportedly included correspondence on everything from political and economic issues to private matters: from the migrant crisis to Czech oil reserves held in Germany to the prime minister’s own mortgage.
All the same, Radek Holý of the National Cybernetic Security Centre told Czech Radio, he didn’t think news of the apparent hacking was as serious as might seem.
“Considering just how often hackers try to get into accounts, I don’t think the news is that grim. But certainly hackers can have numerous motivations… Certainly it might be preferable for [someone like the prime minister] to rely on their work e-mail, with better security, when it comes to sensitive matters.”
“It’s possible that the password was too simple or some kind of social engineering was used to learn it. It’s also possible a computer virus played a role.”
The prime minister is not the only state representative or public figure to have been targeted by hackers: in the past others who have had information stolen and published online include former government ministers for human rights Džamila Stehliková or Michael Kocáb, as well as well-known theologian scholar and priest Tomáš Halík.