What is the issue - Attackers used a misinformation tactic targeted at the Lithuanian Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis with the intent of discrediting him and the Ministry of national defense, Lithuania.
The big picture
On April 10, 2019, attackers launched a spear phishing campaign from a spoofed email address that purported to be sent from an employee of the Ministry of Defense.
This fake news has also spread across Social Media.
What was the immediate action taken?
Dr. Rytis Rainy, Director of the National Cyber Security Centre noted that it is a typical cyber-attack based on the social engineering method: a forged e-mail address that is faked by other countries’ infrastructure and a convincing message aiming at deceiving or misleading.
“This incident is just another piece of evidence that in the age of technology we are living in the conditions of cyber warfare. I have no doubt that the real aim of the attackers is to discredit not only me as a politician but also the entire National Defence System and to hurt the public trust and support to the Armed Forces,” Raimundas Karoblis said.