When Greece was falling apart last summer, European Union leaders rushed to prepare another round of capital injections for Athens. Someone with advance knowledge of just where those hundred billion-plus euros were going and when they’d be deployed could have made a fortune. Someone like the hackers who had infiltrated the EU Council’s computers.
Over 10 days last July, the hackers returned to the Council’s computers four times, accessing the e-mails of 11 top economic, security, and foreign affairs officials. On July 18, they accessed the e-mails of EU Council President Herman Van Rompuy, Europe’s point man for shepherding the delicate politics of the Greek bailout, in just 14 minutes.