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.
The scale of the hack was first reported by RBB, leading Justice Minister Katarina Barley to call it a “serious attack” Friday morning.
The federal office for information security (BSI) said Friday it was investigating, adding that government networks had not been affected.