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12th September, 2019

Hackers wipe out EU fund data

A hacker attack wiped out all of the data on servers belonging to the Hungarian Development Centre (MFK) in the middle of July, weekly 168 Óra reports.

As backups were stored on the same servers, all of the MFK data has been destroyed.

The MFK, set up in 2014, is a government agency engaged in obtaining EU subsidies directly from the European Structural and Investment Funds. It monitors EU tender applications and helps applicants to file bids.

It is the MFK’s task to inform the public administration, local government, corporate and civil sectors about available resources and the terms of the applications. The MFK operates a Hungarian-language website about EU structural fund tenders.

Technical director Dénes Debreczeny said North Korean hackers had attacked the servers.

The Foreign Affairs and Trade Ministry, which runs the MFK, did not respond to requests for information.

Sources regularly consulted, with abbreviations used in text: Népszabadság (N); Magyar Hírlap (MH); Világgazdaság (VG); Napi Gazdaság (NG); Magyar Nemzet (MN); Népszava (Nsz); Kossuth Rádió news (KR); nightly TV news (TV).

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