Russia's hacking organization Fancy Bear has massively attacked Germany's critical infrastructure and banking systems. The German newspaper BILD reported citing the Federal Office of Information Security of Germany and its own sources in Western intelligence organizations.
"Several sources gave BILD revenge for the sanctions policy against Russia and attempts by the Russians to prevent harsh sanctions against Belarus and its dictator Alexander Lukashenko as possible reasons. Accordingly, it is planned to decouple the country from the international payment system Swift," the newspaper said.
Fancy Bear is a group that specializes in cyber espionage, and researchers have linked it to Russia's intelligence services. Probably operating since 2007, known for attacks on information systems of government, military and security organizations. Last year, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the state had evidence of Russian hackers' involvement in a 2015 cyberattack on the Bundestag.
Since 2014, Germany has been imposing various sanctions on Russia, both independently and within the EU. At the end of 2020, the European Union imposed three packages of sanctions against Belarus for rigging the presidential election. In June this year, Germany announced a new package of EU sanctions against Belarus. The European Parliament was considering disconnecting Belarus from the Swift international payment system, which would be a powerful blow to the country's economy.