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Thursday, March 01, 2018

The German government confirmed on Wednesday that it had suffered a large cyberattack which infiltrated federal computer networks. Citing anonymous sources, German news agency dpa had earlier reported that the Russian hacking group APT28 had placed malware in a government network and infiltrated both the Foreign Ministry and the Defense Ministry. The sources said the malware could have remained in the government's networks for as long as a year before the government discovered the breach in December. Security services reportedly allowed the malware to remain in the system until Wednesday to try and gather information about the attack and who was responsible.




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APT28, also known as Fancy Bear, has been linked to Russian military intelligence. The group was identified as the likely source of an attack on the German parliament in 2015, as well as NATO and governments in eastern Europe.

The group's 2015 attack on the Bundestag was so far-reaching that the German government was forced to replace its entire IT infrastructure.


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Conservative oversight committee member Patrick Sensburg told German broadcaster ZDF that the latest attack involved a significantly more malicious piece of malware than that seen during the 2015 network breach of the German parliament.

German daily Bild also reported that security officials were taken aback by the sophistication of the attack, which had exceeded levels of complexity previously seen.

However, the incident also raised questions about the German government's network security. Lischka said she doubted whether Germany's security architecture was sufficiently robust to prevent future attacks, while Green party politician Annalena Baerbock told DW that two attacks in three years showed that "cybersecurity in the country is lagging behind."

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The group suspected to be behind the attack, APT28, has been linked to Russian military intelligence.

Also going by the name "Fancy Bear," the group has previously been identified as the likely source of the 2015 attack on the German parliament, as well as on NATO and eastern European governments.

It has also been blamed for hacking the Democratic National Campaign during the US election campaign.

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2018-03-01 11:06 AM | Reply

Andrea Mekel also now admitted that yes, Germany has no go zones.

#2 | Posted by bogey1355 at 2018-03-01 05:33 PM | Reply

Sources say the malware had been planted up to a year earlier and could be the work of a notorious Russian hacking group.

Has everyone gone completely insane except me?

Stop blaming everything on Russian bots!


#3 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-03-01 07:09 PM | Reply


Unfortunately, the Russian cyber threat is ongoing and growing.

Also unfortunately, we have a President who is failing with one of the most important tasks of his office: protecting the Country from attack.

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2018-03-01 09:00 PM | Reply

I remember the good 'ol days, back in 2014, when it was just the NSA that was hacking and spying on Germany.

#5 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2018-03-03 03:41 AM | Reply

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