A top German police official says a recent hacking attack on Parliament may have led to a “significant drain of data” which may be used to try influence the outcome of the country’s general election in September.
Holger Muench, the head of Germany’s Federal Criminal Police Office, didn’t tell reporters Thursday who might have been behind the most recent hacking attack. The offices of at least 10 members of Parliament were attacked last month, the German news agency dpa reported.
In the summer of 2015, the Bundestag suffered another hacker attack, which meant several networks and servers had to be taken offline for days.
German authorities have repeatedly expressed fears that foreign countries could try to influence the outcome of the election by releasing hacked information during the campaign.
Chancellor Angela Merkel has been ‘bugged’ by the American NSA a few years ago, which caused a diplomatic row between the two NATO allies, that still left it’s mark on US-German relations until this day.
Last week Dutch parliament was also hacked. After a “reboot” of the systems, experts concluded no critical data was stolen.
Hacking of critical infrastructure is seen as a major security breach. Suspects can vary from state actors, terrorist groups to the “lone wolf” in his bedroom. Finding the perpetrator(s) is considered a priority by security services. Often without success thus far.