Report: 500 Cyberattacks Monthly on NATO in 2016

Cyberattacks on NATO’s network and facilities have skyrocketed over the past year — with 500 attacks logged every month in 2016, the alliance’s top diplomat says.

In comments published Thursday in the German newspaper Die Welt, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the 2016 figure represents a 60-percent increase over the previous year, and were mostly “sponsored by state institutions in other countries,” broadcaster Deutsche Welle reported.

“They [attacks] can harm NATO’s defense capability and obstruct the work of our armed forces,” Stoltenberg said, adding the attacks could impact NATO’s medical or energy supplies as well as military data exchanges in general.

“Our systems register over 500 million suspicious cyber events each day,” NATO spokesperson Oana Lungescu told CNN.

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