EU Institutions

Big leak at the European Commission

(BRUXELLES2 - exclusive) It's a big bug - unless it's more of a cyberattack - that the European Commission has just suffered on its website ( For several days, the personal data of certain officials and agents of the Commission, taken from the internal directory, were made public, visible to everyone. Nothing very serious in itself: one could consult the photo, the location of the office, a description of the job, etc.). Transparency enthusiasts will be delighted. People working in sensitive positions (sanctions and restrictive measures, third countries, competition, etc.), or who may be subject to various and varied pressures, much less. Apparently, it cannot be said that the security services like the IT services of the European Commission have been very efficient. Since access to this data was, apparently, made possible from March 31 to April 28. Fortunately, the Commission specifies in an email sent to all its staff "the detection of possible access was immediately blocked". Translation into European language "immediately" = one month... But everything is back to normal. Well almost. " To rule out such incidents, we will store the Commission's internal directory on a somewhat more secure platform”. We are reassured! 😉

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).