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Germany probes claims of pre-election MP hacking by Russia

Against lawmakers ahead of this month's vote

09 September, 21:53
(ANSA-AFP) - BERLIN, SEP 9 - German federal prosecutors said Thursday they are probing alleged hacking attacks against lawmakers ahead of this month's German election that Berlin has blamed on Russia. A spokesman for the prosecutor's office told AFP it had opened "an investigation on suspicion of espionage", when asked about accusations made this week by the German government about "phishing" attacks against MPs by Russian intelligence. Berlin this week had strongly criticised what it called Russian attempts to influence the September 26 election of a new parliament and Angela Merkel's successor as chancellor.

It pointed the finger at hackers from Russia's "Ghostwriter" group which reportedly specialises in spreading disinformation.

German intelligence believes they have been trying to gain access to the private email accounts of federal and regional MPs. German authorities say Russia's military intelligence service GRU is behind the attacks and has targeted in particular politicians from Germany's ruling Christian Democrats (CDU) and Social Democrats (SPD), news weekly Der Spiegel reported.


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