An ongoing and “serious cyberattack” at
Austria’s foreign ministry could be the work of nation-state actors, the
country’s government said.

The ministry has set up a “coordination
committee” to respond to the attack, which started as the country’s Greens
party okayed an alliance with conservatives.

While the foreign ministry discovered the attack
and responded quickly, the incident is ongoing.

“Due to the gravity and nature of the attack, it
cannot be excluded that it is a targeted attack by a state actor,” the foreign
and interior ministries said in a joint statement cited in a report by the
Associated Press.

It is similar in nature to a pair of attacks against Germany in 2015 and 2018 believed to be the work of Russia’s Fancy Bear APT group.