Last December, a targeted hacking campaign – using tactics reportedly familiar to an elite unit of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army – compromised Cypriot digital networks, resulting in the leak of 1,100 European Union diplomatic cables. The attack exposed the fragility of cyber-security within European Union networks and gave added weight to those in Cyprus who have warned of the threat of cyber-attacks, and have worked hard to build up the nation’s defences.
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As an island nation with a rich seafaring and shipping tradition, Cyprus also views the threat of maritime cyber-attacks extremely seriously.