The Attorney General has started investigations into the cyberattacks by the hacking group “Ghostwriter”. This is reported by several media outlets, and there is still no answer to a request from heise online. According to the Tagesschau, it is suspected that a “foreign power” is responsible for the attacks. This relates to Russia, because at the beginning of the week the German government announced that it had reliable information that the Russian military intelligence service GRU was behind it. The Foreign Office had spoken of an “unacceptable approach”.
Attacks are increasing
According to the allegations of the federal government, the group tried with phishing attacks to get “personal login data, especially from members of the Bundestag and Landtag”. In the event of success, the attacks should have been used to prepare disinformation campaigns in connection with the upcoming federal election. According to reports, the new wave of attacks is at least the third that security authorities have informed the Bundestag about in 2021 alone. A three-digit number of attacks was ascribed to the group, which was baptized “ghostwriter”. In the past few days, the campaign has intensified, the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) and the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution had declared.
The federal government had described the attacks as “a threat to the security of the Federal Republic of Germany and to the democratic decision-making process”. This would put a heavy strain on German-Russian relations. The government also announced this to representatives of Russia at a meeting on security policy. The Federal Foreign Office did not want to comment on the reactions. It was also stated that “the federal government reserves the right to take further measures”.
[Update 09.09.2021 – 17:30 Uhr] Russia’s foreign ministry has already rejected the allegations, reports the dpa: “Our partners in Germany have not presented any evidence that the Russian Federation was involved in these attacks,” said ministry spokeswoman Maria Sakharova in Moscow. There were also “baseless accusations” of this kind from the USA. In your opinion, it is probably “a new campaign against Russia” with a view to the general election.