EU authorities are investigating the hacking of their Cybersecurity Atlas project

EU authorities are investigating the hacking of their Cybersecurity Atlas project

The European Commission is investigating the hacking of its Cybersecurity Atlas project after a copy of the resource’s internal database was put up for sale on an underground forum.

Launched in 2018, the Cybersecurity Atlas is a contact list for European organizations with expertise in cybersecurity. It is “a knowledge management platform to map, classify and stimulate collaboration among European cybersecurity experts,” the website says. Cybersecurity Atlas allows cybersecurity experts to register and provide their contact details on the EU web portal.

An unidentified attacker put the stolen data up for sale on a clandestine forum, claiming to have gained access to the entire Cybersecurity Atlas database. The seller intends to complete the transaction through the Discord messenger.

According to the resource The Record, the database contains reliable information about information security companies, universities, research centres and government organizations throughout Europe. Data includes logins, email addresses, institution details, full contact names, and organization addresses and geolocation points that Cybersecurity Atlas used to map members.

Presumably, cybercriminals can use this information to carry out phishing or watering hole attacks on information security experts from the website of the European Commission.

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