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Merkel did not rule out sanctions due to attacks by “Russian hackers” on the Bundestag

Merkel did not rule out sanctions due to attacks by “Russian hackers” on the Bundestag

Germany has evidence of Russia's involvement in a cyberattack on the Bundestag in 2015, conducted as part of the “hybrid war,” Merkel said. Berlin can retaliate, although it wants to maintain good relations with Moscow.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced, “strong evidence” of Russia's involvement in the “outrageous” cyber attack on the Bundestag system in 2015. It is reported by Handelsblatt.

“I take these things very seriously,” she said, answering questions from parliamentarians. According to the chancellor, this attack was part of a hybrid war strategy, which also includes misrepresentation and disorientation. “It's not just a coincidence, it's a strategy,” she says.

When asked by the Bundestag members about the possible consequences, Merkel replied: “Of course, we always reserve the right to take measures, including against Russia.”

At the same time, the German Chancellor noted that she would like to maintain good relations with Russia, however, Moscow’s actions impede “confidential cooperation” between the countries.

In early May, the German Prosecutor General’s wanted the Russian Dmitry Badin, whom the agency suspected of organizing an attack on the Bundestag in April 2015. According to prosecutors, the attackers downloaded at least 16 GB of data, including tens of thousands of parliamentarians' emails. A few days later, Spiegel reported that hackers also gained access to Merkel's computer. The information that fell into their hands reveals details of the Chancellor’s personal and business life, as well as the political situation in Germany, and the full volume of these data is no longer possible to determine, the investigation believes.

The German prosecutor's office believes that Badin is a member of the Fancy Bear hacker group (ART 28), which in the West is associated with the Main Directorate of the General Staff (formerly GRU). In 2018, the U.S. Department of Justice accused him and a number of Russians of hacking the computer network of the national committee of the US Democratic Party and attacking the servers of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). The Russian side denies involvement in a cyberattack on the United States and other countries.

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