After hackers, later determined to be working for Russia, broke into Parliament’s main computer network three years ago, the government vowed to fortify its cybersecurity. The authorities schooled lawmakers about changing passwords, using two-step identification and other measures to protect online data.
But on Friday, nearly 1,000 lawmakers and other prominent Germans, including rappers, journalists and internet personalities, awoke to find links to their street and email addresses, private chats from social media, bank account details and pictures of their children published on Twitter, in another major breach aimed at the country’s political establishment.
German politicians’ personal data leaked online
Sensitive data belonging to hundreds of German politicians, celebrities and public figures has been published online via a Twitter account in what is thought to be one of the largest leaks in the country’s history.
German mass data attack 'known for weeks' by cyber officials
Germany's cybersecurity authorities have been criticised after it emerged they knew about a mass data attack on hundreds of politicians for weeks, but did not tell the police.
Personal data hack of 100s of German politicians, celebs
Twitter suspended on Friday an account that posted links to sensitive personal data and documents stolen by hackers from hundreds of German public figures and politicians — from every political party but the far-right Alternative for Germany.
Wide-Ranging German Doxxing Incident Hits Hundreds of Politicians
Hundreds of German politicians, including Chancellor Angela Merkel, have been doxxed in a puzzling incident, with their private information and political documents dumped online. At least one local reporter is claiming the information is explosive.