Belgian defence ministry admits attackers accessed its computer network by exploiting Log4j vulnerability

The Belgian Ministry of Defence has suffered a cyber attack after miscreants exploited one of the vulnerabilities in Log4j. The attack marks the first occasion that a NATO country’s defence ministry has fallen victim to the flaws.

The attack took place last week, as reported by Flemish-language TV news station VRT, which said some of the ministry’s activities were paralysed for several days.

Belgian MoD spokesman Olivier Severin said in a prepared statement seen by The Register: Defence discovered an attack on its computer network with internet access on Thursday. Quarantine measures were quickly taken to isolate the affected parts. The priority is to keep the defence network operational.

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