German Parliament targeted again by Russian state hackers


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Email accounts of multiple German Parliament members were targeted in a spearphishing attack. It is not yet known if any data was stolen during the incident.

The attack was carried out by sending phishing emails sent to the German politicians' private emails, as Der Spiegel reported on Friday.

It is believed that the attackers were able to gain access to the email accounts of seven members of the German federal parliament (Bundestag) and 31 members of German regional parliaments.

Most parliament members targeted in this attack are part of the CDU/CSU and SPD governing parties.

A Bundestag spokesperson said that the attackers didn't target the Bundestag's network. After the attack was detected, all targeted parliament members were immediately notified.

German security authorities suspect that a Russian military intelligence hacking group dubbed Ghostwriter was behind the attack.⁦