The European Union has gone mad and launched a cyber-attack against itself – a simulated one, of course.
Aimed at testing its defences against digital menace, the ‘attack’ simulated a massive hack on the EU’s naval fleet in the Mediterranean. Hang on. Since when did the EU have its own naval force?
Anyhow, the EU’s 28 member states’ respective defence ministers (including the UK’s, presumably, though no doubt with a sulky expression) gathered in Estonia’s capital, Tallinn, to try and manage the faked crisis, the first time they’ve done such a thing.
Challenges within the simulation included virus attacks, the loss of drones and ships going off air. Ministers were given tablets (computers not cyanide) and had to answer multiple-choice questions as the ‘crisis’ unfolded, just like in a real war.
Estonia’s Defence Minister, Juri Luik, said: ‘We are not creating programmers from the ministers but we want them to understand that these quickly developing situations could demand quick political decisions – that’s the idea of the exercise.’