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EU Targets Fictitious Finnish Power Company in Cyberattack Test

  • The exercise comes amid concerns about the bloc’s capabilities
  • The trial was launched as Ukraine fell victim of an attack

The European Union began testing its cyber-defense responsiveness on Friday with a simulated attack on a fictitious Finnish power company as the bloc seeks to strengthen its digital defenses amid concern about a potential attacks.

The start of the cyber exercise came the same day Ukraine fell victim to an actual attack that brought down around 70 government websites. Ukraine’s security service on Friday said it sees “some signs” that Russia was behind the attack. The EU’s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, warned the bloc’s defense ministers this week about the need to bolster the cyber capacities.