10:57 GMT30 September 2020
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    Following a hacker attack earlier this week that revealed Lithuania’s alleged plans to annex Russia’s westernmost Kaliningrad Region, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite urged to strengthen the level of cybersecurity within the country’s government agencies, Baltic news portal Delfi reported.

    Following the Wednesday incident, Grybauskaite said Lithuanian government agencies need to draw conclusions and take new protective measures to avoid similar attacks in the future.

    "Such situations reveal that [Lithuanian government agencies] turn a blind eye to the [security] situation… It's negligence," the President said.

    A group of unknown hackers broke into the system of the main office of the Lithuanian Armed Forces and put on information that the small Baltic nation was planning to invade the Kaliningrad Region together with NATO.

    Furthermore, the ongoing NATO military drills in the Baltic States and Poland were cited as preparation for the bold military move, Delfi reported Wednesday.

    Later, the information was quickly removed from the website of the Lithuanian Armed Forces. At the same time, the country's Defense Ministry started to investigate the incident.

    Following the investigation, the Defense Ministry found gaps in the country's cybersecurity and insisted that new protective measures will be taken. Defense Minister Juozas Olekas said the hacker attack was an attempt to defame both Lithuania and NATO, according to Delfi.

    Meanwhile, NATO launched the first drill of its new "Spearhead Force" in northern Poland on Tuesday. Some 2,100 soldiers from nine NATO states are taking part in the exercise. Throughout this year, the military alliance plans to train around 25,000 of its soldiers using drills across Europe.    

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    NATO, annexation, Cyber Attack, cybersecurity, Dalia Grybauskaitė, Lithuania, Russia, Kaliningrad region
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