Germany faced one of the most far reaching data breaches of all time when personal data and documents from hundreds of Germal politicials including the Chancellor Angela Merkel was published online.
The data has been obtained through wrongful use of log-in information for cloud services, email accounts, or social accounts, the Interior Minister Host Seehofer said in a statement. He also added that there was abosultely no evidence that the computers of the German Lower House of the Parliament was compromised.
The breach resulted in an emergency meeting of the BSI national cuber defense agency. However, the investigations remained unclear if the breach was a result of a hack or an insider leak. The authorities are looking into every possiblity including espionage as it is unlikely that a single person could have compiled such massive amount of data.
The data including addresses, personal letters, and copies of identity cards were piblished on a Twitter account. The Twitter account was created four years ago and has been deleted as of now. The data came under public’s notice on Thursday. However, the account kept posting data since December 2018.
Security officials have blamed most previous attacks on a Russian hacking group, APT28, that experts say has close ties to a Russian spy agency. Experts held the same group responsible for an attack ahead of the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Bild newspaper reported that German authorities had asked the U.S. spy agency NSA for assistance.