German politicians’ data published online in massive breach

Hans-Edzard Busemann and Tassilo Hummel report:

Personal data and documents from hundreds of German politicians and public figures have been published online, in what appears one of the most far-reaching cyber attacks in a country that has become a target of choice for hackers. 

It was unclear if the breach, which triggered an emergency meeting of the national cyber defense agency, was the result of a hack or a leak, an Interior Ministry spokesman said. 

Read more on Reuters. In related coverage, Melissa Eddy of the New York Times reports:

Twitter shut down an account on Friday that an unidentified hacker had been using for weeks to expose the personal details of several hundred German lawmakers in what appeared to be major privacy breach for the German political establishment.

It was not immediately clear who was behind the publication of the information, including personal emails, chats, identity cards and contact details. It was also not clear how the data was obtained, German officials said.

Read more on The New York Times.

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