Over 90 percent of cyber-attacks targeting the Czech Republic come from
other countries, the National Cyber-Security Office informed on Wednesday.
According to the report on the state of cybersecurity in the Czech Republic for the year 2018, which will be discussed by the government next week, most of threat actors are linked to Russia and China.
The report also says that the National Cyber-Security Office continues to investigate a large-scale attack on strategic Czech government institutions from 2018 and discusses the likelihood of a Chinese link in the attack.
Several hotels in Mallorca, Turkey, Greece and Austria have asked their
Czech clients to pay for their accommodation, the cost of which had already
been covered, the website idnes.cz reported.
The incident concerned customers who booked their holidays through the
travel agency Neckermann, part of the bankrupt British travel agency Thomas
The agency has advised their clients to contact their hotline and promised to reimburse any additional costs.
The travel agency has approximately 1,100 Czech clients abroad. According to its marketing head, Jan Šrámek, they should return home on schedule with no foreseeable problems.
The Czech National Bank kept interest rates unchanged at its meeting on
Wednesday. The main rate, the two-week repo rate, thus remains at two
According to the Czech National Bank’s chief economist Jakub Seidler, the reason for leaving the rates unchanged was mainly the uncertain development abroad.
The Czech Republic has taken two silver medals at the Canoe Slalom World
Championship at la Seu in Spain.
Czech canoers Kateřina Kudějová, Amálka Hilgertová and Veronika Vojtová, finished second behind Britain in the K1 event on Wednesday.
The Czech men’s K1 team, comprising Vavřinec Hradilek, Jiří Prskavec and Vít Přindiš, also took the silver, finishing nearly a second behind the winning team of Spain.
Slovak president Zuzana Čaputová and Yemeni Human Rights activist
Tawakkol Abdul-Salam Karman will be among the foreign guests at this
year’s annual Forum 2000 conference.
The 23rd edition of the conference, whose theme this year is ‘Recovering the Promise of 1989’, gets underway on October 13. It will include lectures and round-table debates on a variety of topics, including the challenges facing liberal democracies today.
The tradition of the annual gatherings of world leaders and thinkers was established 23 years ago by the country’s first post-communist president Vaclav Havel.
President Miloš Zeman is set to attend an official reception organised by
the Chinese Embassy at Prague’s Žofín palace on Wednesday. The event
marks 70 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the
Czech Republic (then Czechoslovakia) and China.
Recently bilateral relations have been strained by a deepening feud between
the Mayor of Prague, Zdeněk Hřib, and Beijing, which has resulted in the
cancellation of several cultural events involving Prague ensembles in
Czech-Chinese relations have also been hit by a scandal involving the Czech branch of the Chinese company Huawei, which is suspected of collecting sensitive data on officials and businessmen through its employees.
MPs have rejected legislation that would have allowed cyclists on minor
roads or cycle paths or people canoeing on the country’s rivers to have a
small amount of alcohol in their blood. The Chamber of Deputies had
previously voted to allow canoeists to consume half a mille of alcohol
before taking to the water.
The Senate then sent the bill back to the lower house with the demand that the change also apply to cyclists. However, the amended bill only received 89 of the required 101 votes from MPs on Tuesday evening.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš says he will discuss the Czech Republic,
Europe and global problems in an address to the United Nations General
Assembly on Wednesday afternoon, New York time.
Mr. Babiš told reporters that he would raise the issue of climate, including the fact that a number of large states were not fulfilling their commitments regarding the environment. He added that climate was not the only problem facing the world, saying he would also refer to other challenges, including poverty and access to water.
World leaders have been speaking at the UN General Assembly all week.
In a vote scheduled for Thursday, the Social Democrats will not support
taking President Miloš Zeman to the Constitutional Court for gross
violation of the constitution, Novinky.cz reported on Tuesday.
Representatives of the junior party in the governing coalition announced
their intentions after a deputies’ group meeting.
The bill, which has already been approved by the Senate, would need the votes of three-fifths of the country’s 200 MPs to be passed. This is seen as very unlikely.
The senators behind the move initially accused the president and his staff of seeking to influence the judiciary. Seven other charges of violating the constitution have also been levelled against him, including not acting in line with official foreign policy and failing to remove or appoint a government minister.