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Parliamentary questions
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26 May 2020
Question for written answer E-003194/2020
to the Commission
Rule 138
Magdalena Adamowicz (PPE)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Cyber-attacks on critical infrastructure

The pandemic and related restrictions have made the functioning of public institutions considerably more complicated Unfortunately, the current situation creates a favourable environment for attacks on government and public institutions, with the result that cyber-criminals and hackers feel even more able to act with impunity.

A Europol report published at the end of March provides examples of how criminals are using the pandemic for criminal activities. A particularly worrying example was a cyber-attack on the university hospital in Brno in the Czech Republic. This attack was carried out after the Czech Government had introduced a state of emergency, and so is considered an attack on critical infrastructure. The hospital was forced to shut down its entire IT network. This had serious consequences, forcing the hospital to suspend operations.

In this context:

1. Is the Commission carrying out enhanced monitoring of cyber-attacks on sensitive infrastructure during the crisis?

2. Does it have tools to counter such attacks and is it planning in future to intensify the Member States’ joint efforts to minimise the risk of such incidents?

Original language of question: PL
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