Russian hackers stole Angela Merkel’s e-mail correspondence

During the attack on the Bundestag in 2015, crackers were able to access two electronic mailboxes in Angela Merkel’s parliamentary bureau and download correspondence for 2012-2015.

The hackers, who probably work for the Russian military intelligence service of the GRU, suspect that during the attack on the internal networks of the German Bundestag in 2015 they stole a large number of emails from the German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s parliamentary bureau. This conclusion was reached by experts from the Federal Office for Criminal Matters, the Federal Office for Security Information Technology (BSI), who managed to partially reconstruct the events of five years ago, Spiegel weekly reported on Friday, May 8.

According to experts, the criminals managed to access two mailboxes and fully copy their content – correspondence for 2012 – 2015 – to another computer. The Federal Chancellor’s Office did not comment on the information of the weekly, reports Reuters.

On May 5, it became known that the German Federal Prosecutor’s Office issued an arrest warrant for the Russian hacker Dmitry Badin, who is suspected by German law enforcement officials of an attack on the Bundestag. He was also put on the international wanted list by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on suspicion of involvement in hacker attacks on servers of the U.S. Democratic Party during the 2016 presidential campaign, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the Swiss chemical laboratory Spiez in the hacker group Fancy Bear.