The FBI found a group of unknown hackers has leaked highly-sensitive personal information data from more than hundred German politicians, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Brandenburg, and Germany’s PM Dietmar Woidke, with some famous German artist’s, journalists & YouTube celebrities.
The leaked data that published on Twitter a/c (@_0rbit) and dated back to before Oct 2018 including credit cards, private chats, bills, phone numbers, email addresses & photos of victims’ IDs.
Even though it is yet unclear who executed this mass hack & how they managed to perform it, the leaked data appears to be collected unauthorizedly by hacking into their Mobile phones.
They targeted all political parties of Germany, currently represented in the federal parliament, including the CSU, CDU, FDP, SPD, Left party(Die Linke) and Greens, except for the far right Afd(Alternative for Germany).
While Justice Minister Katarina Barley so-called this mass hacking as “serious violence,” local media says that none of the leaked data could be deliberated politically hotheaded.
Federal office of Germany’s for information security (BSI), who is investigating the mass cyber attack, said that government systems were not affected by the incident & that the identity of the hackers & their aim were not yet known.
“The BSI is currently intensively investigative the case in close co-operation with other federal authorities. The National Cyber Defense Center (NCDC) has taken over the central coordination,” a BSI spokesperson said that on Twitter.
“According to the current state of acquaintance, there is no concern of the political networks. However, we will carry on investigating.”
Among the victims include President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Chancellor Angela Merkel, Robert Habeck as well as Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, leader of the Green party, who was particularly severely affected by the attack with hackers leaking his digital communications with his family.
Besides German politicians, the intrusive hack attacks also affected well-known actor Til Schweiger, two renowned German comedians, Jan Boehmermann and Christian Ehring, as well as dozens of journalists from ZDF & ARD–public-funded German media outlets.