A recent hack attack on the German government, also know as the Bundestag, has been directly traced back to Russian secret police, according to leaks revealed to a German newspaper.
While officials within the German government won’t go on the record pointing the finger, the leaks to prominent newspaper Spiegel amount to as much and detailed a sophisticated state-sponsored attack.
The complex malware infiltrated the Bundestag network and stole data from just about every system on the network, including all lawmakers’ computers. In total all 20,000 accounts on the network are thought to be compromised.
German cyber forensics experts finally managed to read parts of the source code late Tuesday and now suspect that the Kremlin perpetrated the attack. The malware closely resembles a similar program used in a 2014 attack on a German data network that was traced to Russia.
The revelations highlight just how much cyberwar is happening in the world today. While most everyday citizens don’t see it, as we work and go to school the world’s governments are engaged in heavy cyber battle.