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Hundreds of German politicians suffered from cyber attack, spread of personal data on internet

Only politicians of “Alternative for Germany” party were not affected
15:27, 4 January 2019

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Hundreds of politicians in Germany suffered from the cyber attack. Their personal data appeared in the public domain on the internet as ARD reported.

Members of almost all political forces of Germany such as “Christian Democratic Union of Germany”, “Christian Social Union”, “Social Democratic Party”, “Alliance 90/The Greens”, “The Left” and “Free Democratic Party” are among the victims whose personal data was published. Only politicians of “Alternative for Germany” party were not affected.

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The photos of the identity cards of the politicians, their phone numbers, numbers of bank cards, personal letters and lists of addresses appeared in the public domain on the internet. Moreover, a lot of party documentation was published.

It is unknown who got the access to the personal data of the politicians and what was the purpose to spread it. Bundestag politicians count the inflicted harm.

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According to ARD, the links to the stolen information were spread through Twitter. The data was published since summer 2017. However, the victims were not such famous politicians.

Later, it was reported that the Federal Office for Information Security of Germany began to consider the case about theft and publishing of the personal data of hundreds of the German politicians as the office reported on Twitter.

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The National Cyberdefense Center took responsibility for the central coordination. According to it, there are no reasons for concern in the governmental networks.

The “Alternative for Germany” party, which was not affected by cyber attack, is the third largest force in the German parliament. It is the far-right party created in February 2013. The party is of nationalist, right-populist and Euro-skeptic nature. The members of this party believe that the membership in the EU ruins the economy and the common currency does not allow Europe to recover from the crisis. They stand for the re-implementation of the national currency, German mark.

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