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Hundreds of German Lawmakers Targeted in Mass Cyber Attack

January 4, 2019

By: David Gilbert

REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

A stolen cache of personal information belonging to nearly 1,000 German politicians — including outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel — has been leaked, according to a report published Thursday.

The information includes everything from phone numbers and credit card details to private messages with family members, German media said.

The hack has impacted national, regional and EU politicians from all major parties except for members of the far-right Alternative for Germany (Alternative für Deutschland, or AfD) party. Journalists, musicians, comedians and activists were also targeted.

There is currently no indication of who was behind the attack, but the hacker or hackers leaked information for more than a month on Twitter before the media picked it up.

The scale of the hack was first reported by RBB, leading Justice Minister Katarina Barley to call it a “serious attack” Friday morning.

“The people behind this want to damage confidence in our democracy and institutions,” Barley said.

The federal office for information security (BSI) said Friday it was investigating, adding that government networks had not been affected.

 

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