It is not known whether the Hungarian government informed its allies that Russian hackers had accessed foreign affairs networks. If the Hungarian government failed to do so, there might be serious consequences, including Hungary’s exclusion from NATO.
The Russians have had access to the secrets of Hungarian foreign affairs for almost a decade. It still applies now, during the Russian-Ukrainian war. As a result,
the Russians can see the entire IT network of Hungarian foreign affairs, including the network that transmits state secrets.
Russian hackers have access to everything. Former Moscow Ambassador Árpád Székely spoke to Direkt36. Székely believes that such a serious vulnerability in Hungarian foreign affairs raises many questions. After the election, the matter must be thoroughly investigated by the current government.
The main question is whether NATO members knew that the Russians hacked Hungarian foreign affairs.
Hungary has a duty to notify the allied member states. This is also particularly important because Russian hackers have access to the protected network of the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. These networks contain confidential information about the security of allies. Árpád Székely believes that if Hungary did not tell the truth to its allies, it could be a fatal mistake.
The consequence of this mistake may even be the exclusion of Hungary from NATO.
It is also an aggravating factor that the war is raging in the neighbouring country. In addition, the attacker country in the war is Russia which has hacked the Hungarian networks. The former Moscow Ambassador believes that the Hungarian government is hiding many things both at home and abroad. Probably, neither the EU nor NATO was idle about the information leak.
NATO is probably not sharing all the confidential information with Hungary.
In the event of a change of government, it is important to explore the extent of Russian intrusion into Hungarian foreign affairs, writes napi.hu.
In Hungary, NATO support is higher than average. Due to the Ukrainian war, support for the organisation increased anyway. According to a survey in Hungary, 66 per cent of people supported NATO membership. 10 per cent opposed, while the rest did not comment.
Source: napi.hu, DIrekth36