Recent attacks on the German parliament’s computer system have been attributed to a hacking collective ostensibly working for the Russian state. Though Russia has not responded to this allegation, German authorities believe the group to be Sofacy/APT 28, a collective closely allied with the Russian state.
There has been a range of attacks against German institutions with the intention of harvesting extremely valuable intelligence data. Attacks have been ongoing for several years and have targeted government offices as well as data about national infrastructure such as utilities. Had this most recent attack been successful, hackers would have obtained permanent access to computers used by staff and MPs.
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