Data on hundreds of German politicians stolen and posted online

Data on hundreds of German politicians stolen and posted online

A group of hackers has published the personal details of hundreds of German politicians, but also German artists and local YouTube celebrities.

In 2017, an attack on the computer systems of the Reichstag led to "a significant drain of data" according to the German police.

There was no immediate information on who was responsible or on the source or sources of the data, and whether they were all authentic.

According to a spokesman for the Federal Office for Information Security, the National Cyber Defense Center has convened an emergency meeting for Friday morning to coordinate a response between the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, the intelligence services and the criminal police.

"The government is taking this incident very seriously".

However Christian Lueth, parliamentary group speaker for the Alternative for Germany (AfD), later said that his party's deputies were not hit by the attack and the interior ministry later confirmed this.

The German government warned that some of the leaked documents could have been doctored, and said it's still verifying all the leaked data. It hasn't found any evidence that the government's network was affected by a cyberattack.

Germany's Justice Minister Katarina Barley said she believes that the attack set out to "damage confidence in our democracy and institutions".

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Phone numbers, addresses, as well as private messages of German politicians, journalist and celeberties have been stolen and uploaded online by unnamed hackers.

Links to the data appeared daily on the Twitter account in December in an advent calendar-style, but it was only noticed more recently.

She said: "We are calling upon citizens that the data that has been published should be viewed with caution and to not take everything par for par".

Bild said the theft of the data continued until the end of October but it was not clear when it started.

Discovered only yesterday, the information had actually been released over the past fortnight by Twitter user "G0d", who claims to be based in Hamburg and whose biog indicates is a security researcher with an interest in "satire & ironie".

Security officials have blamed most previous attacks on a Russian hacking group APT28 that experts say has close ties to a Russian spy agency.

BERLIN-Twitter shut down an account Friday that an unidentified hacker had been using for weeks to expose the personal details of dozens of German lawmakers across the political spectrum.

At the time, Moscow denied that Russian hackers were involved.

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