BRUSSELS – The European Union is investigating newspaper reports that Russia tried to put spyware onto computers of visiting delegations in St. Petersburg at last month's summit of leaders from the world's 20 top economies, but has yet to find any evidence.
European Commission spokesman Frederic Vincent said Wednesday that experts were looking into gifts like USB sticks, which were given out at the Group of 20 summit, but said "analysis of hardware and software have not amounted to any serious security concerns." He insisted the investigation hadn't yet been completed.
Vincent also said it was a routine rule for EU diplomats and leaders to stay away from using handouts or any external equipment during foreign travel.
The reports, which Russia denied, first featured in European newspapers this week.