< /p> FBI to help Montenegro investigate cyberattacks
U.S. intelligence agencies will help protect Montenegro's digital infrastructure from Russian hackers
The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will send teams to combat cyberattacks in Montenegro ( CAT – Cyber Action Teams) to assist in the investigation of recent cyber attacks on government digital infrastructure, the Montenegrin Ministry of the Interior announced on August 31.
Cyber attacks, described by Montenegrin officials as unprecedented, and , according to the US National Security Agency (NSA), carried out by Russian hackers, hit the government services of Montenegro last week.
Minister of State Maras Dukaj said that 150 workers were infected stations in ten government agencies. The government has not received any ransom requests for the compromised material.
Top NATO police officers in Montenegro met with the FBI legal attache for Serbia, Bosnia and Montenegro on Wednesday and agreed that CAT experts should assist in the investigation, the Montenegrin Interior Ministry said in a statement. According to media reports, France and NATO have also pledged to help.
NSA suspects Russia behind the attacks, the attack could have been a retaliatory move after Montenegro joined European Union sanctions against Russia and expelled several Russian diplomats.
Hackers had also previously attacked Montenegro's state digital infrastructure on election day in 2016, and then again within a few months in 2017, when the former the Yugoslav republic was going to join NATO.