Unidentified hackers target German Parliament IT system

Hackers attack German Parliament’s in internal computer system

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

German Parliamentary spokeswoman Eva Haacke said that the computer systems in the German Bundestag lower house of parliament were targeted by unknown hackers on Saturday.

According to German media reports, IT experts said they believed that unknown cyberattackers tried to get into the system of the government database several days ago.

At the same time, the German domestic intelligence agency (BfV) announced that they also suspected a hacking attack on the parliament’s internal computer system and warned government officials in advance.

Spokeswoman Haacke said that “experts from the Bundestag and the BSI (the German Federal Office for Information Security) are working on it," without giving further information.

The latest attack came after Wikileaks revealed nearly 1000 pages of minutes from the German Parliament enquiry into the American National Security Agency (NSA) earlier this week.

The minutes Wikileaks obtained from an anonymous source include details of hearings up to February 2015 which include witness testimonies, statements of high-ranking officials of the BND and other government officials, Deutsche Telekom and the NSA.

The inquiry sessions took place with government officials present to halt the session at any time if witnesses embark on any classified information which isn’t permitted to be discussed in an open session.

Another security measure in place against digital leaks has been the distribution of classified information to MPs on paper. Information that is categorised with the lowest clearance level is made available in digital form.

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