BRUSSELS, June 23 (Reuters) - NATO said on Thursday one
of its websites was the subject of a probable data breach,
but it did not contain any classified data.
A NATO statement said access to NATO's public e-Bookshop,
which is operated by an external company, had now been blocked.
Police dealing with cyber crimes had notified the alliance
of "a probable data breach", the statement said without
"NATO'S e-Bookshop is a separate service for the public for
the release of NATO information and does not contain any
classified data," the statement said.
The 28-nation Western military alliance has made defence
against computer hackers one of its top priorities and news of
the probable attack came after NATO defence ministers agreed
this month on a cyber defence action plan.
NATO officials say the policy remains classified, but
focuses on protection of the alliance's own computer networks
and defence planning process, with the aim of bringing all NATO
bodies and command structures under centralised protection by
An increasing number of network break-ins have been reported
by institutions and companies in recent months. Those hit
recently have included the International Monetary Fund, Lockheed
Martin Corp, the biggest information technology provider to the
U.S. government, Citigroup Inc, Sony Corp and Google.
(reporting by David Brunnstrom, editing by Rex Merrifield and
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