Due to a data breach which exposed sensitive information about hundreds of politicians, German government officials are tightening up data security laws.
A group of unknown hackers compromised highly personal data from German politicians such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Brandenburg’s prime minister Dietmar Woidke, along with some German artists, journalists, and YouTube celebrities.
Tweeted on Twitter
The hackers published the stolen material on Twitter through the account of @_0rbit and dated back to before October 2018 includes phone numbers, email addresses, private chats, bills, credit card information and photos of victims’ IDs.
It is undetermined as to how the hackers infiltrated systems to obtain confidential documents, but it is speculated that they collected unauthorized data by hacking into their smartphones.
Victims of the Hack
The Germany political parties under attack were the federal parliament, such as the CDU, CSU, SPD, FDP, Left party (Die Linke) and Greens, except for the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD).
Justice Minister Katarina Barely considered this mass hacking as a serious attack, local media reported that the compromised data was not deemed as politically explosive.
The BSI, Germany’s federal office for information security, investigated the attack. Government networks remained secure and unaffected by the attack. The identity of the hackers and their motives are still being investigated.
“The BSI is currently intensively examining the case in close cooperation with other federal authorities. The National Cyber Defense Center has taken over the central coordination,” a BSI spokesperson said on Twitter. “According to the current state of knowledge there is no concern of the governmental networks. However, we will continue to investigate.”
Marking this as the largest data breach that Germany has suffered, Germany government officials intend on improving federal
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