The German authorities announced a possible influence of the “Russian hackers” in the parliamentary elections
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on 8 November that Russia through hacker attacks or misinformation may try to influence the result of parliamentary elections in Germany in autumn 2017, according to YahooNews , citing AFP.
“We are already dealing with Internet attacks by Russian hackers and Russian news media that carry false information… It might affect elections in Germany next year,” said the German Chancellor at a joint press conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg.
As reported by DW, the Prime Minister of Norway frostily reacted to the words of the Chancellor. She pointed out that in Norway, as in many other countries, there is cyberactivist foreign powers, including Russia. However, there is no sign of systematic effects of the Russian side, which could affect Norwegian politics. Cooperation with the Russian authorities, Solberg described as “still quite open.”
In March 2016, German media reportedthat Russian hackers planning an attack on the power system of Germany. The newspaper Der Tagesspiegel, citing a letter to the German intelligence claimed that the attack prepares the hacker group Sofacy (also known as Fancy Bears, Sednit, APT28, Tsar Team). The letter was sent to the various economic associations, it experts warned that in the worst case, failure can be inferred the whole plant and the network. It is assumed that this hacker group in the spring of 2015 organized a major attack on the website of the German Parliament.
Also it was reportedthat the hackers, which in 2014 for several weeks attacked the internal network of the German Bundestag, allegedly acting on behalf of the government of Russia. A cyber attack on the Bundestag became known in may 2014. Hackers with the help of professional program have gained access to the parliamentary 14 servers including the main server, which stores the access codes to the database of the Bundestag. What information was stolen, German security services not found.
At the end of October 2016 ESET (maker of NOD32 antivirus software) in its report saidthat hackers from the group Sofacy several times attacked the structures of Western countries. Victims of attacks are the German Parliament, Democratic party USA, French television network TV5Monde, members of the Russian party PARNAS, LDPR, “the Chechen organization”, “Russian political dissidents”, the journalists across Eastern Europe, foreign scientists, the leadership of Ukraine, the Embassy of Pakistan in Kiev, the ministries of defence of several countries (Argentina, North Korea, Turkey, Ukraine) and Embassy at least 16 States (Algeria, Brazil, Colombia, Djibouti, India, Iraq, Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Myanmar, South Africa, Turkmenistan, UAE, Uzbekistan and Zambia). 1888 all purposes.
American company cyber CrowdStike wrote in his blog that the hackers is Russian GRU. Firm FireEye in 2015, released a report which statedthat the group has a state sponsor in Moscow.
The German authorities accused Russia of trying to destabilize with the help of propaganda
In March 2016 the Vice-President of the German intelligence service BND Guido Mueller and the head of the Federal Department of Germany on the protection of the Constitution Hans-Georg Maassen announcedthat Russia is using propaganda “carries out purposeful actions to destabilize Germany.”
The German government instructed the secret service to investigate the actions that Russia is carrying out in Germany. Judging by the fact that security chiefs are constantly appealed to the history of the alleged raped in Berlin Russian girl Lisa F., that this was the reason for the investigation.
13-year-old Lisa went missing on the way to school on January 11 and, on coming back the next day, said that she was raped by “immigrants from the South.” It was later revealed that the girl almost all invented, that is sexual contact she had, but by mutual consent.
However, as noted by the representatives of German security services, the Russian state media, including First channel and Russia Today, have exaggerated the incident for propaganda purposes, and Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the German authorities in concealing the incident. He said that in the investigation of this incident, “must prevail truth and justice”.
Then followed a long diplomatic exchange of accusations. In the office of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Lavrov pointed to the inadmissibility of the use of this case for political purposes, and in the German foreign Ministry was glad “the great attention paid by the Russian government during the investigation, the objectivity and transparency of the judiciary”. The journalist of the First channel Ivan Good, who shot this story, the German jurists accused of inciting ethnic hatred. Offer the press Secretary of Russian President Dmitry Peskov not to look in the history with the girl “behind-the-scenes intrigues of the Kremlin” was the last remark in this dispute, while the German intelligence services announced that they found them.
The heads of the German secret services noted that “the Russian authorities purposefully used the media to discredit Germany and its government,” citing as an example the various interviews with Russian Germans, who allegedly returned to Russia due to the fact that Germany was not safe for refugees.