Report: Hackers Infiltrated European Union Communications System

Report: Hackers Infiltrated European Union Communications System
The cybersecurity firm Area 1 alleges that hackers intercepted diplomatic cables for years.

A cybersecurity firm says hackers infiltrated an EU communications system for years, accessing thousands of sensitive diplomatic cables.

That's according to a report from the New York Times. The firm Area 1 says the hackers' techniques are very similar to those used by a unit of the China's People's Liberation Army.

China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs responded with a statement to CNN, saying that such reports are "extremely irresponsible." The statement also said China stands against criminal hacking, and there will be an investigation if any evidence of this hack is found.

Information contained within the hacked cables includes summaries of private meetings between world leaders and EU officials. It appears the hackers also breached the networks of the U.N., the AFL-CIO, and multiple ministries of foreign affairs.

A spokesman for the U.N. told the Times the organization has "no information about a possible cyber breach."

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.