Angela Merkel says “hard evidence” that she has been the target of Russian hackers

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel cited “hard evidence” that she was the target of Russian hacking.

Der Spiegel magazine reported last week that Russian military intelligence service GRU appeared to have gotten hold of many emails from Merkel’s constituency office in a 2015 hacking attack on the German parliament.

Moscow has denied previous allegations of foreign piracy.

Merkel said she “will continue to try to improve relations with Russia”, but admitted that the hacking attack has not helped Germany’s efforts.

“I will try to have good relations with Russia because I think there is every reason to continue our diplomatic efforts, but that does not make things easier,” she told the chamber Bundestag bass when asked about a hacking report.

The German government had no immediate comments when Der Spiegel released its report on the alleged piracy. The magazine said that the federal criminal police and the federal cyber adventure agency had partially reconstructed the attack and found that two Merkel office email inboxes had been targeted.

The Bundestag discovered that its systems had been hacked in May 2015 and concluded that the intrusions had taken place since at least the beginning of the year, reported Reuters. They could not determine what information had been collected.

On May 5, Germany issued an arrest warrant for an alleged Russian military intelligence officer alleged to have committed the 2015 hackings, the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper.

The 29-year-old suspect, Dmitry Badin, is also one of the 12 Russian officers wanted in the United States, suspected of interfering with the 2016 presidential elections.

According to a public notice sought by the FBI, the group is accused of a hacking plot, in which they stole documents and “staged the release of the stolen documents to interfere with the 2016 US presidential election.”

Additional reports by agencies

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