Senior NATO officials met with Albanian Defense Minister Niko Peleshi in Tirana on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, to assess the recent cyberattack against Albania’s National Information Infrastructure and discuss the continuation of the NATO support. They were joined by Deputy Foreign Minister Artemis Malo and representatives from the Deputy Prime Minister’s office and national cybersecurity authorities.
“NATO is supporting our Ally Albania now, in the current challenging environment, and we will continue to do so in the future as it strengthens its cyber capabilities to resist and repel malicious cyber activity,” said Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, James Appathurai. .
This follows the September 8 North Atlantic Council statement condemning malicious cyber activities, which Albania and other Allies have attributed to the Iranian government. All Allies stand in solidarity with Albania, and NATO and Allied cyber experts support their Albanian counterparts.
NATO Allies are determined to continue to support each other in deterring, defending and countering all cyber threats, including considering possible collective responses. Allies also called on all states to uphold their international commitments to a normative approach to cyberspace.