A reported malware infestation at the German national parliament, the Bundestag, is much more serious and invasive than first thought. It is suspected that the attack last month originated from Russian hackers who gained access via a sophisticated trojan; similarities between this malware and others emanating from Russia have led to this conclusion.
Industry commentators report that the attack is so bad and so widespread that it may require a complete network rebuild in order to eradicate it totally. Representatives from the Bundestag are remaining tight-lipped about the clean-up operation at the moment as are those employed to remove the malware.
Germany has long been a popular target for hackers and this has not diminished in recent times due to Germany’s involvement in Ukraine, which has antagonised Russian authorities.