BRUSSELS: Belgium denounced yesterday the “substantial and invasive” hacking of its biggest telecommunications company, saying a foreign state may have been responsible, as media pointed the finger at the scandal-hit NSA.
Two months after the blockbuster revelations of the US National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, state-owned Belgacom said its computers had been hacked and a formal complaint filed to Belgian prosecutors.
Prosecutors said the hacking could have only been done by an entity “with significant financial and logistical means” and that suspicions were circling on an act of “international state espionage”.
Rwandans vote in parliamentary polls
KIGALI: Rwandans vote yesterday in parliamentary polls seen as a shoo-in for President Paul Kagame’s Rwandan Patriotic Front, the party that has held sway over the central African state since ending the genocide 20 years ago.
Some six million people will be eligible to cast their ballots when polling stations open at 7:00am (0500 GMT), with turnout expected to be enthusiastic despite a low-key campaign and the absence of any serious opposition to the RPF.
The only incident to upset the calm pre-vote atmosphere was the explosion of two grenades over the weekend in a market in the capital Kigali, a city reputed to be among Africa’s safest.
Public sector goes on strike in Greece
ATHENS: Greece was hit by a new wave of strikes beginning with teachers yesterday as public employees protested a massive redeployment plan ordered by its creditors in exchange for loans.
Around 7,000 public sector workers gathered from midday in Athens, according to police, grouping outside government ministries as riot squads kept a watchful eye on the crowds.
Isolated clashes broke out early in front of the ministry of administrative reform, the department coordinating many of the changes, with tear gas fired by police.