Swiss Defense Minister: Davos Was Targeted by Cyberattack

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter met with Swiss Defense Minister Guy Parmelin in Davos, Switzerland at the World Economic Forum on Jan. 21, 2016.(DoD photo by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Clydell Kinchen) (Released)

The annual World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland in January drew a powerful cyber-attack, according to Swiss defense minister Guy Parmelin. Swiss newspaper Tages-Anzeiger is reporting that the attack was not successful, but it does indicate a pattern of high-level attempts. Parmelin said that he suspects economic espionage as the reason behind the attack, but added that a nation-state led offensive could be plausible as well. He also said that he suspects the attackers to be of Russian origin—though no official accusations have been made. “Significant events, like the World Economic Forum, serve as a hub for important conversations and attract high-profile visitors from all over the world,” Kaspersky Lab researchers said. “But a high concentration of important people in one place also attracts malicious cyber-attackers, who consider public events a good opportunity to gather intelligence with the help of targeted malware.”