From: WSJ/digits

Frances Robinson

BRUSSELS– At the tail end of a bruising 2013, Belgium’s government decided it had had enough. The decision to set up a cyber-security agency followed a series of high-profile incidents, including the hacking of the country’s biggest telecoms operator, Belgacom and the leak to a newspaper of a CD containing the Prime Minister’s personal emails.

With EUR 10 million budget earmarked, the Centre pour la cybersécurité Belgique (CCB) was meant to be up and running in the first half of this year.

It’s now almost the end of May, the center is not operational, no chief has been chosen, and Belgium has been hacked again.

As an EU and NATO member, Belgium’s vulnerability to cyber-attacks is a cause for concern.


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