German agency aware of cyber intrusion in Dec

Photo illustration of a man sitting in front of a laptop in Moers, Germany, on Jan 4, 2019.
Photo illustration of a man sitting in front of a laptop in Moers, Germany, on Jan 4, 2019.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

German cyber-security sleuths said yesterday they were aware of suspicious activity targeting a lawmaker's private e-mail and social media accounts last month, but could not make the connection with a mass intrusion targeting hundreds of politicians until the legislators' data was published on a Twitter account.

The Federal Office for Information Security has been lambasted for not contacting the police about the leak till the breach became public knowledge last Friday, with the publication of the personal data of nearly 1,000 lawmakers and other prominent Germans on the Internet.

All those attacked had a history of criticising the far right, with only politicians from the far right Alternative for Germany, or AfD, spared.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 06, 2019, with the headline 'German agency aware of cyber intrusion in Dec'. Print Edition | Subscribe