Man confesses to cyberattack on German politicians
“During questioning, the defendant stated that he had acted alone in the data spying and unauthorized data releases,” Ungefuk said.
The suspect was arrested in the German state of Hesse on Sunday as part of a joint investigation by Frankfurt’s Attorney General, the Central Office for the Suppression of Cybercrime (ZIT) and the Federal Criminal Investigation Office. ”The investigations have so far revealed no evidence of any third-party involvement,” reads a statement from Germany’s federal crime office (BKA) released on Tuesday.
“On his motivation, the defendant stated that he acted out of annoyance at public statements made by the politicians, journalists and public figures concerned.”
The man was released on Monday evening due to a lack of grounds for detention, according to the statement, but evidence such as computers is still being evaluated. Details of the data breach were provided by government spokeswoman Martina Fietz on Friday.
Fietz told reporters that German lawmakers at all levels, including from the European parliament, German parliament, and local politicians, had been affected.
The data included credit card details, phone numbers and email addresses, one political party told CNN.
Several German media outlets reported that German Chancellor Angela Merkel was affected by the breach, but Fietz said no sensitive information from Merkel’s office had been published. This is not the first time German politicians have been targeted.
cyberattack targeted parts of the German government network, including the foreign ministry, early last year, Reuters reported.
And in 2015, pro-Russian hackers claimed responsibility for a series of cyberattacks that brought down government websites.
On Friday, Fietz told reporters that it was “too early at this stage to compare this incident to that in previous years.”
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