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German Government Computers Infiltrated, Russia’s Hacking Group Fancy Bear Suspected


Germany declared on February 28 a hack which hit the computer network of its government and which was tamed so security officials could investigate An interior ministry spokesman in Germany stated that the impacted government organizations were doing all the needful for investigation into the incident as well as protection of data.


The attack reportedly came from APT28 the Russian hacker syndicate that during 2015 had targeted Germany's parliament leading to leakage of data stored on servers of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Defense. Voanews.com posted this, February 28, 2018.


Even as an investigation is ongoing into certain security breach within Germany's private servers of interior and defense ministry, local media flashed the news that Fancy Bear a hacking group from Russia was the perpetrator of the cyber assault. Authorities in Germany substantiated to Reuters that an investigation was being done of a hack into computer network of the government; however, stated the attack was an "isolated" one, without giving any more particulars about the hack's range.


Authorities, from December last, were continuously engaged in determining the hackers' extent of infiltration. According to one security specialist, in case the whole data network of the federation was impacted, the result could be described as certain 'maximum credible disaster.'


The attack, reported local media, occurring in December, can be attributed to "Fancy Bear" the doubted cyber espionage syndicate from Russia, also called "APT28."


Authorities further stated Germany's security agencies had suspicion on Russian connected hacking group called APT28, which is referred to as Fancy Bear too for executing the assault. The Suddeutsche Zeitung of Germany reported that attackers might've gained admission into the governmental networks of Germany for a maximum of one year. Broadcasts about cyber assaults against German government PCs follow several alerts from intelligence officials of Germany regarding probable embezzlement by Russia during 2017 federal election.


German security officials first recognized the attack during December that reportedly stayed over an extended time-period. Computer specialists doubt involvement of Russian government organizations. Investigators state it is possible the hackers behind the incident are those very same who possibly launched the attack on Bundestag during 2015.

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