Germany accused Russian hackers Fancy Bear of attacks on Bundestag servers

Germany accused Russian hackers Fancy Bear of attacks on Bundestag servers
A screenshot from the Fancy Bear website

During an attempt to hack the servers of the German parliament and the Christian Democratic Union party, the attackers disguised the NATO domain.

German special services have accused Russian hackers of involvement in two attacks on the servers of Angela Merkel's party and the Bundestag. This was reported to Reuters by Head of the Federal Office for Information Security Arne Shenbom.

According to Shenbom, both attacks were made last year. In May 2016, German security experts had reflected an attempt to hack the servers of the Christian Democratic Union (the party, in which the German Chancellor is a member). A few months later, the attack was repeated, this time against the German parliament.

According to the employees of information security services, the attempt to infect the computer infrastructure with malicious software was carried out under the cover of the NATO domain.

In December 2016, the German authorities announced the increase in the 'aggressive cyber espionage' by Russia. In particular, they accused Fancy Bear of a cyber attack on the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). In addition, the group was suspected of hacking the servers of the National Committee of the Democratic Party of the United States during the pre-election campaign in the United States.

Meanwhile, the Russian authorities have repeatedly denied involvement in the cyberattacks, related to the political struggle and election campaigns in the Western countries.

The hacker group Fancy Bear is known since 2004. It is engaged in cyber attacks on government, information and military structures of foreign countries, as well as the Russian opposition and journalists. According to a number of the Western experts on cybersecurity, Fancy Bear is connected with the Russian special services and acts on their instructions.

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