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Germany Encounters Hack into its Key Government Network


According to parliament committee members of Germany, an ongoing cyber attack against computer systems of German government is understandably from one hacking group receiving support from Russian government, and may've been the reason for "considerable damage."


As per government officials, hackers utilizing very advanced software infiltrated key data network of Germany. The hacked network had been made especially secure while the chancellor's department, Parliament and ministries used it. The media in Germany, citing security channels, has largely attributed the infiltration to one hacking group of Russia receiving the backing of its government. This hackers' syndicate is named either Snake or Fancy Bear or APT28. However, Berlin hasn't openly stated the source of the attack. Nytimes.com posted this, March 1, 2018.


Lawmaker Patrick Sensburg for the ruling Conservative Party said the attack's target happened to be narrowed on for specific information. Authorities wouldn't state the extent of success of the intrusion, alternatively what data got lost or stolen.


Fancy Bear believably has ties with the military intelligence of Russia. It, understandably, was responsible for the cyber assaults which aimed at NATO headquarters. The group is also blamed for targeting French and German elections of 2017. Moreover, it executed a hack against Germany's Parliament in 2014. Fancy Bear is as well condemned for hacking operations into the United States election propaganda, the agencies for anti-doping practices along with other targets.


Nevertheless, it was thought the PC-network hijacked within the latest assault had better protection; its users are government departments, while understandably happened to be highly secure in the country.


Free Democratic Party's Manuel Hoferlin said his party expected representatives from Defense Ministry, Foreign Ministry, Interior Ministry and Information Security's federal office for explaining everything. Germany's news outlets reported that authorities let the hack stay in order that investigators could collect details regarding the attack's targets as well as scope, along with the initiators of the crime.


Since months, there's been debate regarding enhancement of data-security at Germany. As for the military, it can start cyber-offensive in a legal way for countering any hacking assault against its resources; however, the same isn't possible for civilian infrastructure of the nation.

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