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Germany accused Russia of a cyber attack on the Prime Minister’s party

Referring to the investigations, the German Foreign Minister held the Russian government responsible for the attack on the Social Democratic Party of the German Chancellor last year.
– International news

According to the report of the international group Tasnim news agency, citing the German publication “D Site”, the government Germany’s federal government blamed a unit of Russia’s GRU military intelligence service for last year’s cyber attack on the Social Democratic Party. During her visit to Adelaide, Australia, German Foreign Minister Analena Baerbock said: “Russian government hackers have attacked Germany in the cyberspace.

The Social Democratic Party of Germany announced in June 2023 that the email accounts of the party’s leaders had already been hacked. January of the same year was the target of a cyber attack. A spokesman for the party said at the time that this was possible because of a security gap in software company Microsoft that was still unknown at the time of the attack. Been completed. The German official said: “Today we can clearly attribute this attack last year to the APT28 group, which is under the control of the Russian secret service GRU.” He added: This is completely unacceptable and will not be without consequences.

According to the German domestic intelligence agency, the APT28 group has been active around the world since at least 2004, mainly in the field of cyber espionage. According to this claim, this secret service has also led advertising and false information campaigns in cyberspace in the past and is among the most active and dangerous cyber actors in the world. The security agency in Germany clearly attributes APT28 to the Russian military intelligence service GRU. The group, also known as Fancy Bear, was responsible for a major cyberattack on the Bundestag in 2015 and later in the United States for attacking the Democratic Party ahead of the 2017 presidential election.

According to According to the report of the German news agency, all the secret services of Germany, including the Office for the Protection of the Constitution, the Federal Intelligence Service of Germany and the Military Counterintelligence Service of this country, were involved in the investigation of the federal government. Based on current information, the attack on the Social Democratic Party is said to be part of an APT28 campaign in several European countries targeting government departments and companies dealing with energy, information technology, weapons or aerospace.

Hours before presenting this Baerbook statement, NATO had condemned Russia’s “self-described malicious activities” in its member countries. The military alliance stated that it is deeply concerned about “Russian hybrid attacks, which pose a threat to the security of allies.” NATO cited disinformation campaigns, acts of sabotage and violence, and cyber attacks as examples.

The military alliance said: These incidents are “part of an intensified campaign of activities” by Russia. Recently, investigations into the “activities of this hostile state” have been conducted in the Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and the UK. In some cases, accusations were also made against Russia.

This military alliance also announced that NATO partners will work together to deter and defend against these hybrid attacks and will continue to support Ukraine.

Britain also recently accused Russia of “organizing” an arson attack on its soil. Therefore, the British Foreign Ministry summoned the Russian ambassador in London at the end of April. A 20-year-old British man suspected of having links with the Russian mercenary group Wagner was previously accused of carrying out an arson attack in London on companies linked to Ukraine.

In March, the authorities of the Czech Republic, a NATO member The revelations of a Moscow-backed propaganda network surrounding the Prague-based Voice of Europe website allegedly paid members of the European Parliament for pro-Russian publications.

Also at the end of March, the anti- Polish intelligence announced an operation against a Russian espionage network that was said to have targeted European Union institutions. Moscow’s possible influence on the European elections in June was also a topic that was discussed at the EU summit in mid-April.

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