The European Commission and other European Union (EU) institutions have been hit by a cyber attack significant enough for senior officials to be alerted.

A forensic analysis of last week’s security incident in the IT infrastructure of a number of EU bodies is in its initial phase and it is too early to give any conclusive information about the attack, a European Commission spokesperson said.

“We are working closely with CERT-EU, the Computer Emergency Response Team for all EU institutions, bodies and agencies and the vendor of the affected IT solution,” the spokesperson added. “Thus far, no major information breach was detected.”

The commission has also set up a round-the-clock monitoring service and is taking active mitigating measures.

As the incident was larger than attacks which regularly hit the EU, senior officials at the commission were alerted.

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