Cyber-Attack on Belgium’s Military

Cyber-Attack on Belgium’s Military

Threat actors have exploited a vulnerability in Log4j software to wage a cyber-attack on Belgium's Defense Ministry.

The attack began on December 16 and was confirmed by Belgium's Ministry of Defense on Monday. 

Speaking to the AFP in Brussels on Tuesday, Belgian military spokesman Commander Olivier Séverin said that the incident had caused damage to services that were connected to the internet, paralyzing part of the ministry's activities. 

He added that five days after the attack began, analysis of the incident was still being carried out and the process of restoring disrupted services remained ongoing.

Séverin did not shed any light on who may have been responsible for the cyber-attack. 

A spokesperson for Belgian Defense Minister Ludivine Dedonder said that "the ministry's teams have been working hard in past days to secure its networks" and that the Belgian government will continue to invest in cybersecurity defenses.

Log4j is a Java-based logging library that tracks system processes. Security teams around the world have been working to secure their systems after multiple vulnerabilities were discovered in Log4j earlier this month.

Mike Saxton, chief technologist at Booz Allen and director of Federal Threat Hunt and Digital Forensics and Incident Response (DFIR) urged organizations to act now to mitigate the Log4j

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