Hacker, 22, who released personal data of German politicians charged

AFP reports the latest update in the case of the hacker formerly known as “@_Orbit” on Twitter. The man had reportedly confessed back in January 2019.

German prosecutors said Tuesday they had brought charges against a 22-year-old hacker who released personal data of dozens of politicians, journalists and other public figures online, embarrassing national authorities.

The German man — arrested in January last year — is accused of multiple computer crimes, as well as making false reports to the police and attempted blackmail.

Police at the time of his arrest said he had confessed to stealing and leaking online private data — so-called “doxxing” — from hundreds of politicians and public figures, among them Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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Note that this “@_0rbit” is not the same individual as the member of NullCrew known as “Orbit.”

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