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Germany Says Government Network Was Breached (bbc.com) 30

An anonymous reader shares a report from The Wall Street Journal (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source): German authorities said on Wednesday they were investigating a security breach of the government's highly protected computer network. The country's intelligence agencies were examining attacks on more than one government ministry, the interior ministry said, adding that the affected departments had been informed and that the attack had been isolated and brought under control. Earlier on Wednesday, the German news agency DPA reported that German security services had discovered a breach of the government's IT network in December and traced it back to state-sponsored Russian hackers. German companies have been the target of sustained attacks by state-sponsored hackers, mainly believed to be Chinese. In 2015, the Bundestag, parliament's lower house, suffered a extensive breach, leading to the theft of several gigabytes of data by what German security officials believe were Russian cyberthieves. Hackers believed to be part of the Russia-linked APT28 group sought to infiltrate the computer systems of several German political parties in 2016, Germany's domestic intelligence agency said in 2016.
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Germany Says Government Network Was Breached

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    Must have been Hillary Clinton. Russia is awesome since they helped us win the election!

    Erm.. I mean, since they didn't help us win the election! That's just crazy talk! Russia would never do anything like that! They're cool, man! Don't be a narc!

  • by AHuxley ( 892839 ) on Thursday March 01, 2018 @03:25AM (#56202581) Journal
    Easy to discover Bear code litter left all over the once pristine German server again?
    An ip range that can only be Russian?
    Was it a work day and within working hours in Russia?

    So what do the Germans do after their cyber failure and having "suffered a extensive breach"?
    Call in experts to do secret cyber things and never tell Russia that it did an "extensive breach"?
    Tell the media in 30-50 years how cyber experts countered Russia?
    Go running to the media in real time to tell of the "extensive breach" with no regard for German cyber security?
    Reading about "security" issues in real time is not allowed if anything was really security related.
    • The attack happened in December not yesterday. We live in a democracy (most of the time) therefore they have to inform the public. The parliament and the press are pissed because they have not been informed sooner. Also the Russians, if they were the criminals, know want they took.

    • Yeah, why trust security "experts" when some knob on /. who never provides a shed of evidence for any of the crap they spout can just make things up?

      Hows that rural broadband coming?

    • Go running to the media in real time to tell of the "extensive breach" with no regard for German cyber security?

      Running to the media and claiming a threat from a foreign country diverts attention from internal political problems back home.

      Like the Diesel scandal.

      The government networking folks can now run to parliament and demand a massive budget increase to deal with this Russian Hacker Mine Shaft Gap.

      Standard political maneuvering.

  • by najajomo ( 4890785 ) on Thursday March 01, 2018 @03:56AM (#56202639)
    "German security services had discovered a breach of the government's IT network in December and traced it back to state-sponsored Russian hacker"

    New NSA leaks show how US is bugging its European allies [theguardian.com]

    NSA tapped German Chancellery for decades, WikiLeaks claims [theguardian.com]
  • Usually, ISIS or other islamistic terrorists leave their passports – so the Russians must somehow have learned from them to leave a digital trace or fingerprint that allows the clever German authorities (paid by my taxes, I'm sooo proud of them, really!) to identify the attackers the same authorities that did not realize that they've been hacked for about a year (for the second time, by the way). Is anybody else feeling treated like a stupid shitbag by stupid shitbags here?

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