Swiss defense ministry foils cyber attack similar to that used in other global hacking campaigns

Switzerland’s defense ministry has foiled a cyber attack by malware similar to that used in other global hacking campaigns, the government said on Friday.

The attack was detected in July by software that operated much like the Turla malware family, it said.

The government declined to give information about the origin of the attack or say if any damage including data theft had occurred. Government specialists took counter measures and an investigation is underway.

The Turla spyware was detected in 2014 and suspected of infecting hundreds of government computers and military targets across Europe and the Middle East.