Monday, September 12, 2022
The ministry said in a statement “[t]he national police’s computer systems were hit Friday by a cyberattack which, according to initial information, was committed by the same actors who in July attacked the country’s public and government service systems”. The attack comes days after Iran was blamed for the attack in July. The statement also said the authorities had deliberately closed down their border crossing management software “[i]n order to neutralise the criminal act and secure the systems”, with local media reporting queues at border crossings.
On Wednesday the Albanian Prime Minister Associated Press called this the first known case of diplomatic ties being cut over a cyberattack.accused Iran of directing the attack against Albanian institutions on July 15, stating it was a bid to “paralyse public services and hack data and electronic communications from the government systems”. While Rama went on to say that the attack failed in its purpose, he also stated that Albania was severing diplomatic ties with Iran, giving Iranian embassy staff 24 hours to leave the country. The
Iran called the accusations “baseless” and deemed the cutting of diplomatic ties to be “ill-considered and short-sighted”.
Iran and Albania have been foes since 2013 when Albania agreed to host members of the United Nations. MEK is an Iranian opposition group, and considered a terrorist group by Iran., also known as Mojahedin-e-Khalq (MEK), at the request of the US and
- “Albania blames Iran for second cyberattack since July” — , September 10, 2022
- Llazar Semini. “Albania reports 2nd cyberattack by Iran, on border systems” — , September 10, 2022