German Merkel’s website hit by Cyber Attack coming from Russian IP Addresses

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One of the top leaders of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative party has alleged that Russia has been launching cyber attacks on their website from past two months and the latest was witnessed when the Sunday’s televised election debate was being aired.

Julia Kloeckner, Vice Chairman of Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union, said on Monday that her political website was attacked 3000 times on Sunday before and during the debate between Merkel and Social democratic leader Martin Schulz.

Julia added in her statement that the attacks such as these have been emerging from the past 2 months and a surge has been witnessed in last two weeks.

German Intelligence and the government officials have also voiced their concerns that Moscow could interfere in the September 24th National Elections, in which Merkel is expected to win for the 4th consecutive time.

German BSI federal cyber protection agency has also disclosed to the media that Russian hacking group APT28 also known as the fancy bear will try to influence the election results making Merkel lose elections by a thin margin.

Hans Georg Maassen, the head of Germany’s BFY Domestic Intelligence service has made it official in July this year that Berlin expects Russia to influence Sept’17 elections as Russian President Vladimir Putin wants a different German Chancellor than Merkel to quench his political motivations.

BFY has been closely working with politicians and parties to increase the standards of cyber security for the upcoming elections and hopes that its hard work will pay for sure.

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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