Russian hackers attack the websites of German authorities, ministries and politicians
According to an internal report of the authorities, the pro-government Russian activist group “Kelent” caused disturbances on the websites of German authorities and ministries with hacker attacks. Security authorities classified the attacks as reprisals against German arms shipments.
segimetreue Russian hackers carried out and temporarily paralyzed the websites of German security authorities, ministries and politicians. As research by news magazine Spiegel showed, the federal police and several state police authorities were among those affected. According to an internal report by the authorities, the Bundestag, the Federal Ministry of Defense and the SPD website of Chancellor Olaf Scholz were also among the targets of the hacker’s campaign. Some sites were temporarily unavailable due to overload attacks.
According to the assessment of the security authorities, the so-called “distributed denial of service” (DDoS) attacks are retaliation for the delivery of German weapons to Ukraine. The pro-Russian activist group “Kilent” is said to be responsible for these attacks in a relatively minor technical sense. It admitted the attacks on German sites in the Telegram messenger service.
The Central Office for Combating Cybercrime at the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Frankfurt am Main has launched investigations into the Kilnet attacks. The authority assumes that the attack on the Hessan State Police website is also linked to the activist group.
Ministries confirm unrest
The Ministry of the Interior in the state of Baden-Württemberg confirmed to Spiegel that there had been an attack on the website of the state police there at the beginning of the week and that the website was offline for a while. The Federal Ministry of Defense also acknowledged that “the websites bundeswehr.de and bmvg.de have been briefly unavailable several times in the past few days”. The Bavarian Interior Ministry also confirmed an attack on the state police website. However, the result was only longer load times.
A Bundestag spokesman spoke of a “failed attack attempt”. The Federal Police reported a “brief disturbance without major effects”. The SPD did not want to confirm or deny an attack on Olaf Schultz’s website.
In mid-April, Kilent attacked the website of the German Reconstruction Loans Foundation (KfW), making it nearly impossible to access for several hours. The Hamburg and Bremen airport locations were also inaccessible for some time in mid-April.
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