Merkel accuses Russia of cyberattack on her office

14 Mai, 2020, 09:51 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel walks to the Chancellery after the government questioning in the Bundestag in Berlin Wednesday May 13

"I'm striving towards better relationships with Russia every day", Merkel said, arguing that there is "hard evidence" that some unspecified "Russian forces" were behind the hack.

Merkel told Parliament that she had concrete proof of the "outrageous" spying attempts by Russian Federation.

On Friday, the news magazine Der Spiegel reported that correspondence from Merkel's parliamentary office was among the documents selected in the 2015 attack. Every day I try to build a better relationship with Russia and on the other hand there is such hard evidence that Russian forces are doing this'.

Moscow has denied previous allegations of hacking overseas.

"I will strive for good relations with Russian Federation because I think there is every reason to continue our diplomatic efforts but it doesn't make it easier,"Merkel told the Bundestag - the lower house of parliament - when asked about a report about a hack".

Calling such cyberattacks "more than uncomfortable", Merkel raised the spectre of sanctions if such rogue activity did not stop.

"I am very glad that the investigations have now led to the federal prosecutor putting a concrete person on the wanted list, " she said, without elaborating.

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The German Chancellor's revelation comes after the country's leading newspaper had reported that Russian military intelligence had obtained Merkel's credentials during a hack on German parliament in 2015 without citing sources.

Merkel was responding to a question from Tabea Rößner, an MP with the opposition Green party, about her views on the outcome of the investigation.

The rogue operation that targeted the Bundestag in 2015 involved an aggressive attack called Sofacy or APT 28 that had also struck North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members and knocked French TV station TV5Monde off air.

German prosecutors haven't confirmed the report.

She said what she called Russia's hybrid warfare was "a strategy ... which we need to keep an eye on and which we can not suppress". It has similarly dismissed charges of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and alleged cyberattacks on other Western nations and institutions.

"We have succeeded in slowing down the spread of the virus in recent weeks and months", Merkel said but warned that she would see an "obligation not to jeopardize what we have achieved together".

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