Disinfo: Berlin’s allegations of Russia’s “hacker attacks” to the Bundestag are nonsense and absurdity

Summary

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that German investigators allegedly have “irrefutable evidence” that a Russian citizen was involved in a hacker attack on the Bundestag. It was noted that the suspect allegedly did this for “Russian intelligence.”

Berlin’s allegations of “hacker attacks” from Russia on the Bundestag are nonsense and absurd. Moscow strongly rejects the accusations of the German side and is ready to consider “reliable evidence” of involvement in the cyber attack, if Germany has any.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative denying Russia's responsibility for cyber attacks on the German Parliament in 2015.

The Germany's domestic intelligence agency said Russia was behind a series of attacks on German state computer systems, including the German parliament in 2015. German media reported that the federal prosecutor's office had issued an international arrest warrant against Dmitriy Badin, reportedly a 29-year-old Russian hacker working for Moscow's military intelligence service GRU, in relation to the cyberattack.

The public attention to the 2015 cyber attack and its attribution to Russia again became prominent in May 2020 as the German Chancellor told the German Parliament she had hard evidence that Russia was behind the attack.“I take it very seriously,” Merkel said. “I may very honestly say it pains me. The chancellor said Russia was pursuing "a strategy of hybrid warfare," including disinformation and the distortion of facts, "which we have to take into account and which we cannot simply ignore."

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publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 200
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/06/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Germany
  • Keywords: Cyber, Intelligence services

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