German Parliament Hit By “Ghostwriter” Cyberattack Attributed to Russian Hackers

Last Friday, Der Spiegel, reported that German security officials detected a cyberattack aimed at the emails of German parliament members. According to Der Spiegel sources, the latest cyberattack affected seven members of the Bundestag and 31 members of regional parliaments. The hackers belong to a campaign known as “Ghostwriter” believed to be connected to Russia’s GRU intelligence services, and launch attacks aligned with “Russian security interests.” This latest attack targeted politicians belonging to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the Social Democratic Party (SPD), according to Der Spiegel. Activists were also targeted in this latest phishing campaign.

Last year, Der Spiegel, also reported that GRU was likely to be responsible for capturing many emails from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s constituency office, in a 2015 hack attack on Germany’s parliament.

This latest attack comes on the heels of another attack reported, last month, by France’s national cybersecurity agency. They discovered a hack of several organisations that were similar to other attacks by a group linked to Russian intelligence. Hackers had taken advantage of a vulnerability in monitoring software sold by French group Centreon. And of course, we are still dealing with the fallout In United States, from the Solar Winds attack, which has disappeared from headlines.

Advice of the day! Watch out for phishing emails…

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