Dozens of servers were “compromised” at United Nations offices in Geneva and Vienna last summer, according to an investigation by the New Humanitarian.
The UN decision to keep quiet about a major attacking into its computer networks in Europe put staff, other organisations and individuals at risk, according to data protection advocates cited in the report.
The breach reportedly affected dozens of servers in three separate locations: the UN Office at Vienna; the UN Office at Geneva; and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) headquarters in Geneva.
There were conflicting accounts about the significance of the incursion.
UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric classified the incident as “serious” in remarks to The New Humanitarian.