London, Nov 11: A European Union official has said her staff members were hacked when they joined her for a conference on Internet security in Azerbaijan.
European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes said in a blog post that her advisers’ computers were compromised as they attended a meeting of the Internet Governance Forum in Azeri capital Baku.
Her spokesman, Ryan Heath, said the attack occurred while they were in their hotel, CBS News reports.
According to the report, Heath said he and a colleague got messages from Apple Inc. warning them that their computers had been accessed by an unauthorized party, something he said he believed was in an attempt to spy on him.
“I’m presuming it was some kind of surveillance,” he said in a telephone interview.
“What we’re going to do is to get the computers forensically analyzed to see what if anything was taken out of them,” he added.
He, however, declined to comment on who might be responsible.
In her blog post, Kroes cited the hacking as one of several violations which she said highlighted the ‘harsh’ reality of political life in Azerbaijan, an oil-rich nation on the shores of the Caspian Sea. (ANI)