The website of public broadcaster Czech Television was the victim of a
cyber attack on Tuesday. Spokesperson Karolína Blinková said the
attackers had targetted the online broadcasting of an ice hockey match
between the Czech Republic and Switzerland.
Ms. Blinková said the attacks had come from both within the Czech Republic and abroad. Czech Television’s website was accessible once again from around 1:30 pm but some users were unable to log onto the CT 24 news site.
President Miloš Zeman has welcomed this week’s Constitutional Court ruling striking down a March 2018 order to extradite suspected Russian hacker Yevgeniy Nikulin to the United States. In a televised interview on Thursday, Mr Zeman said he warned former justice minister Robert Pelikán that the move was illegal – and accused him of being an American lackey.
Respekt has just published a story which provides more detail on a recent successful intelligence operation carried out by country’s BIS counterintelligence service, an agency that has been criticised for incompetence by President Miloš Zeman. The weekly says that BIS shut down a group of Russian hackers, who were part of a wider international network, in early 2018.
Chinese tech giant Huawei has threatened to go to court if the Czech
National Cyber and Information Security Agency does not cancel or adjust
its warning against incorporating Huawei technology, the daily Deník N
reports. The company has apparently stated this in letters sent to Prime
Minister Andrej Babiš and Dušan Navrátil, the agency’s director.
Huawei has demanded an answer by February 14. The government discussed the
matter on Friday and decided that Huawei's letter will be answered by
the cybersecurity agency and not by government.
The threat of international arbitration follows the withdrawal by various government ministries from contracts with Huawei after the Czech cyber watchdog issued a warning in December against using Huawei technology in the state’s critical infrastructure.
The government has approved the hiring of 1,000 new police officers to
bolster the current force of 40,000.
The aim, according to Interior Minister Jan Hamáček (Social Democrat), is to ensure that the Czech Republic remains among the most secure countries in the world.
About 150 of the new positions will be assigned to specialised police units tasked with fighting cybercrime, terrorism and extremism, or financial crime.
The overall crime rate has dropped about 7 percent last year in annual terms, but instances of cybercrime and online fraud rose by some 6 percent.
An appeals court has reduced to seven years a prison sentence handed down
to a Czech woman who defrauded a Norwegian man out of 53 million crowns.
They had met on an online portal offering erotic services.
The woman, then 27, had asked her 60-year-old victim for loans for various things, such as to pay for knee surgery, to buy a car and purchase food for her cat, convincing the Norwegian she would pay him back later.
After havving been sentenced to eight years in prison for fraud the woman, Barbora Havířová, immediately filed an appeal.
The decision of the High Court of Appeal in Olomouc reduced her sentence by one year, a spokesperson for the Court of First Instance in Brno said. The judgment is final.
The Czech intelligence service BIS played a big part in helping to identify
and disconnect Hezbollah servers in the Czech Republic, other EU member
states and the US, the agency’s head Michal Koudelka said in a press
statement for the ctk news agency.
The cyber espionage group running them operated fake Facebook accounts in order to hack computers and acquire information.
It had been under surveillance since 2017.
The Constitutional Court of the Czech Republic has turned down a third
complaint by alleged Russian hacker Yevgeniy Nikulin that he was wrongly
refused asylum in the Czech Republic and extradited to the United States to
The verdict upheld earlier rulings by lower-instance courts which said Nikulin did not have the right to asylum in the Czech Republic on humanitarian grounds.
Nikulin was arrested in Prague in 2016 with both Russian and US authorities calling for him to be handed over.
In March of this year he was extradited to the US where he is suspected of hacking computers at Silicon Valley firms including LinkedIn and Dropbox. The decision sparked protests from Russia and was criticized by President Miloš Zeman.