Angela Merkel confirms Cyberattack on German Parliament by Russian experts
Angela Dorothea Merkel is a German politician serving as the Chancellor of Germany since 2005. She served as the Leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) from 2000 to 2018. Merkel has been widely described as the de facto leader of the European Union, the most powerful woman in the world, and by some commentators as the “leader of the free world”
The Chancellor said on Wednesday there is “hard evidence” of Russian involvement in a cyberattack on the German parliament in 2015 that reportedly also involved the theft of documents from her own parliamentary office.
Federal prosecutors have issued an arrest warrant against an alleged officer with Russia’s GRU military intelligence agency identified as Dmitriy Badin, who already is being sought by U.S. authorities.
Prosecutors haven’t confirmed those reports, but Merkel was asked about the theft of data from her office in a question-and-answer session with lawmakers in parliament Wednesday. She replied: “I get the impression that they picked up relatively indiscriminately what they could get.”
On 13th May 2020 lawmakers in the parliament asked the 65-year old about the theft, Merkel said that she has been working hard to bring the cordial relationship between Russia and Germany since 2015, but it is the other way round and it’s painful.
I am very glad that the investigations have now led to the federal prosecutor putting a concrete person on the wanted list
Merkel is sure that the hackers were after something which could be categorized into Intelligence data related to government organizations and institutions.
I can say honestly that this pains me: on the one hand, I work every day for a better relationship with Russia, and when you see on the other hand that there is such hard evidence that Russian forces are involved in acting this way, this is an area of tension
Russian officials have repeatedly denied any involvement by Moscow in the 2015 hacking attack on the German parliament, calling the German accusations groundless
In fact, a spokeswoman from the Russian Foreign Ministry also admitted that the only time Russian broke into the Germany parliament was in 1945.
However, Merkel said there is every reason to keep up efforts for a good relationship with Russia, “but this naturally doesn’t make it easier.”
She described such actions as “outrageous” and said that “of course we always reserve the right to take measures, including against Russia.”