EU member states have received a proposal from the German government to impose new sanctions against Russia in connection with a hacker attack on the German Bundestag that was carried out five years ago, Deutsche Welle reports.
Germany addressed the EU member states on this issue in early June, and now it is waiting for a response to this proposal. If the EU countries approve Germany's initiative, the European cyber sanctions regime will be introduced for the first time. Legislation providing for such a possibility was adopted in the EU back in 2017.
The German government blames Russia's military intelligence (GRU) for the cyberattacks on the Bundestag.
As we reported earlier, Russian military intelligence gained access to thousands of emails from German Chancellor Angela Merkel as a result of a hacker attack in 2015.
According to German journalists, on May 8, 2015, a hacker with the nickname Scaramouche gained access to official computers in Merkel’s parliamentary office.
The hacker managed to download about 16 gigabytes of data, including thousands of letters from Merkel’s office.