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, Sept. 15 (Xinhua) -- Switzerland is planning toreinforce its data safety on the Internet against hacker strikes,including introducing fines of up to 250,000 Swiss francs (259,000U.S. dollars) for violations of security rules
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, the governmentrevealed on Friday.
The Swiss Defense Ministry said Friday that it foiled a malwarecyber attack in July which was similar to that used in other globalhacking campaigns, while on the same day the Justice Ministry alsopresented plans for improved data protection.
The cyber attack was carried out with the Turla malware, asophisticated virus used for cyber-espionage on several servers ofthe Defense Ministry and a contractor of the Foreign Ministry inJuly, according to the authorities.
The Turla spyware
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, detected in 2014, is suspected of havinginfected hundreds of government computers and military targetsacross Europe and the Middle East. The government, however,declined to give details on the origin of the attack
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, or saywhether any damage including data theft had occurred, but bothministries have filed criminal complaints and an investigation isunderway.
In December 2015, the state-owned armament and technology groupRuag fell victim to an attack with the Turla virus, losing nearly20 GB of data. Several IT systems of the federal administrationhave also been targeted by computer hackers over the past threeyears.
Also on Friday
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, Justice Minister Simonetta Sommaruga presentedproposals to boost data protection while safeguarding the datatransfer between Swiss companies in the European Union.
The proposals include increasing transparency on dataprocessing, introducing fines of up to 250,000 Swiss francs forviolations of cyber-security rules, as well as increased powers forthe government's data protection and information commissioner.