June 1, 2021

On 29 May 2021, a New York Times article indicated that EU DisinfoLab was one of the targets of a cyberattack. EU DisinfoLab confirms that on 25 May 2021, around 16:00 CEST, EU DisinfoLab received an email allegedly sent by USAID, which has since been identified by several cybersecurity companies as a cyberattack using phishing tactics.

After carrying out the necessary security checks, the threat has, to the best of our knowledge, been avoided thanks to the care and attention of every single member of our team, whom we would like to thank.

We would also like to warmly thank the individuals, private companies and NGOs who provided us with pro bono support after the incident, and who made themselves readily available, despite different time zones.

Please note that we offer no comment on the attribution of this cyberattack since this is not our field of expertise.