German Chancellor Angela Merkel confirmed that she had been targeted by hackers who were thought to be Russian military intelligence (GRU).
She was asked in parliament for a report from the German magazine that the GRU had gotten emails from her election office in a hacking attack in 2015.
“It hurts me,” he said, describing the hacking as “outrageous”.
But the German chancellor added that he will continue to “fight for good relations with Russia”.
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The 2015 hack reported by Spiegel magazine resulted in data theft from computers in the German parliament.
In 2018, the government’s IT network was also attacked, among the reports that Russian hackers were also to blame.
The Russian government has denied that it violated the data of the German parliament.
What would the GRU have achieved?
According to Spiegel, who did not cite his sources, German experts managed to partially reconstruct the hacking attack and found that two email boxes had been hacked from Ms. Merkel’s office. Reportedly, they contained emails from 2012 to 2015.
In 2016, the German national intelligence agency publicly accused a group of hackers who thought they were working for the Russian state behind the cyber attack.
The group, known as the Fancy Bear or APT28, is believed to be behind cyber attacks in the 2016 American elections.
“Every day I try to build a better relationship with Russia and on the other hand there is such concrete evidence that Russian forces are doing it,” Merkel told AFP news agency on Wednesday.
“Unfortunately the conclusion I have reached is that this is nothing new,” he added, adding that “cyber-disorientation, distortion of the facts” were all part of “Russia’s strategy”.
Two years ago, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova denied that Russia had violated the German parliament (Bundestag) with a joking joke: “We only entered the Bundestag once, in 1945, freeing Berlin from the Nazi scourge. A that time, the Reichstag was called. “
Why would Russian hackers target Germany?
The German national intelligence agency believes that Russian attacks have been carried out against German state organizations and institutions to collect intelligence data.
Relations between Russia and the EU economic power and Ms. Merkel and President Vladimir Putin are complex.
On the one hand, Mrs Merkel was ready to condemn Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 from Ukraine and defended the continued sanctions of the EU.
But he also supported – despite opposition at home and beyond – the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which will double the amount of Russian gas that arrives in Europe through Germany.
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Thousands of German companies continue to do business with Russia and some lobbies against sanctions, which support the cripple trade.