World Hacker attack on the Bundestag: Federal Foreign Office increases pressure on Russia

23:52  28 may  2020
23:52  28 may  2020 Source:   dw.com

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The Russian secret service is said to be responsible for the hacker attack on the Bundestag. The Chancellor called the incident "outrageous". The Russian Embassy's answer is a hackneyed "story".

Because of Russia's alleged involvement in the largest hacker attack on the Bundestag five years ago, the Federal Foreign Office invited Russian Ambassador Sergei Nechayev to an interview. Secretary of State Miguel Berger strongly condemned the cyber attack, the ministry said. There was "reliable evidence" that the prime suspect was "a member of the GRU military secret service at the time of the attack".

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The Russian embassy in Berlin rejected the allegations. This is a "hackneyed story", according to a previously published statement from the embassy. The German side is accused of refusing to cooperate to clarify the case: "When the Russian side agreed to discuss issues that concern our German partners with the responsible services and to examine possible indications, the issue became a topic for Berlin not interesting."

Russia: Open for dialogue

The statement states: "Against the background of the corona crisis and the domestic and economic difficulties caused by the pandemic, someone considered it appropriate to disclose further 'evidence' of the Russian threat." The Russian side regretted that "megaphone diplomacy" was preferred to numerous opportunities for political dialogue, diplomatic channels, partnership-based cooperation between the services and legal assistance in criminal matters. The topic of cyber security is at the top of the Russian foreign policy agenda. "We are still open for an objective dialogue with experts in this area."

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Russian citizen Dmitri B is considered to be urgently suspicious. The Attorney General issued an arrest warrant against him on May 5. It states that there is an urgent suspicion that "the suspect, acting jointly with other persons not yet known by name, has carried out an intelligence activity against the Federal Republic of Germany for the secret service of a foreign power," said the AA. The man is suspected in Russia.

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The Russian ambassador had been informed "that the Federal Government in Brussels will use the EU cyber sanctions regime against those responsible for the attack on the German Bundestag, including Mr. B.", said the foreign minister Office continues.

In May 2015, it became known that computers in numerous parliamentary offices had been infected with spy software, including computers in the Bundestag office of Chancellor Angela Merkel. The attack meant that Parliament's IT system had to be overhauled.

Two weeks ago, the Chancellor had spoken to in the Bundestag of "hard evidence" for Russian participation and of an "outrageous" process. "I take these things very seriously because I think they have done a lot of research," she said.

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