Germany believes Russia responsible for hacking parliament

Germany believes Russia is responsible for recent hacking of its parliament’s computers

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Russia is the number one suspect regarding a recent incident in which Germany’s lower house of parliament - the Bundestag - had its computers hacked, according to a report by the Register which in turn referenced an article in the German newspaper Der Spiegel.

In May, a spokeswoman for Bundestag confirmed that there was a cyber-attack which resulted in the leakage of some data.

According to Der Spiegel, technicians have managed to track source codes and are now suspicious that the Kremlin is responsible for the attack.

The attack was initially noticed by IT staff at the Bundestag when two computers affected by malicious software attempted to transfer data to a server in Eastern Europe.

Following the incident technicians discovered that many computers in the Bundestag were infected with the Trojan malware.

Relations between Russia and Germany do not seem to be improving with Moscow being constantly accused of violating various rights and is being embargoed after it annexed Ukraine’s Crimea in 2014.

The most recent sanctions were organised at the Group of Seven (G7) summit, which will be next held again over the weekend of June 7-8 in Germany.

The leaders of the G7 countries - the United States, Germany, France, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and Canada - have decided to boycott Moscow over Crimea’s annexation and reject its participation.

Russia had previously been included alongside the G7 countries in the G8 group.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that the absence of Russia from the G7 “is a loss, but it was necessary.”

Merkel added that the crisis between Ukraine and Russia has been violating the “peaceful order in Europe that formed after the Second World War.”

“Some things require a lot of time, but in this case we need a change in Russia’s position, which I currently don’t see,” she added.

TRTWorld and agencies