I am now reading the Bloomberg story and things now get enormously weird if they are exactly wording what happened or how the specialists described it (journalists can be creative in rephrasing what you have said)
"The hackers clocked in at precisely 9:23 a.m. Brussels time on July 18 last year, and set to their task. In just 14 minutes of quick keyboard work, they scooped up the e-mails of the president of the European Union Council, Herman Van Rompuy, Europe’s point man for shepherding the delicate politics of the bailout for Greece, according to a computer record of the hackers’ activity."
so, if one can hack in 14 minutes a mailserver would you call that safe enough to host the emails of the highest officials of the European Union ? No double authentification and probably no penetration test which would have showed the vulnerabilities that the hackers have found.
"Observed for years by U.S. intelligence, which dubbed it Byzantine Candor, the team of hackers also is known in security circles as the Comment group for its trademark of infiltrating computers using hidden webpage computer code known as “comments.”
and they didn't warn the Security officers of the European presidency the first time they accessed the mailbox of the European President if they were watching this the first time ? What were they thinking ? Cool, that will make some international press, let's see what they can do more ? Where is your loyalty and responsability ? Did you ever think of the consequences this could have ? Even if the servers were not well protected, that doesn't give you a reason to not report. If this was a real crime, you would even be open for prosecution for non-assistance !!!! I am sure that you would hurry to the phone to warn the DHS if it were the American President.
"Exploiting a hole in the hackers’ security, the researchers created a digital diary, logging the intruders’ every move as they crept into networks, shut off anti-virus systems, camouflaged themselves as system administrators and covered their tracks, making them almost immune to detection by their victims."
So they had a hole and they kept it all to themselves to make some publicity for themselves while it is the secret service and the national cyberdefense organisations (too many to list) who should be 'in' on it.
It is too late to come clean now, you should have gone to the police with this and helped them with following them and trying to protect their past targets and all of this .... could have been done without leaving trails also. Or don't you think that your and our police aren't capable of such operations and that you are that much better, that you are the saviors of the planet and that everything depends on the chosen few ?
I know you won't read a comment like this while everybody is screaming defense, scandal, attack them
but let us ask the other question, if there is a fire, do you stand by and take pictures or do you help the firemen ?