Statement by Ryan Heath on "Major banks, telecoms companies and governments join forces in EU-wide cyberattack exercise"
On 4 October 2012, Ryan Heath, Spokesperson of Neelie Kroes,Vice-President of the EC in charge of Digital Agenda, made a statement on major banks, telecoms companies and governments join forces in EU-wide cyber attack exercise.
On 4 October 2012, hundreds of cyber security experts from across the EU are testing their readiness to combat cyber-attacks in a day-long simulation across Europe. In Cyber Europe 2012, 400 experts from major financial institutions, telecoms companies, Internet service providers and local and national governments across Europe are facing more than 1200 separate cyber incidents (including more than 30 000 emails) during a simulated distributed denial of service (DDoS) campaign. The exercise is testing how they would respond and co-operate in the event of sustained attacks against the public websites and computer systems of major European banks. If real, such an attack would cause massive disruption for millions of citizens and businesses across Europe, and millions of euros of damage to the EU economy. SHOTLIST