Brexit document stolen in Germany attack by ‘Russia-backed’ hackers


Hackers stole a Brexit documentGETTY

Hackers shawl a Brexit document

Cyber attackers also swiped records EU officials’ talks with Ukraine and Belarus, Der Spiegel backfire.

The hackers were initially though to be targeting Ukraine and other earlier Soviet republics.

But the revelation they took an interest in the Brexit talks has sparked concern among officials.

Details of what the document check have not been revealed, but the theft has proved hugely embarrassing to the Germans.

In all, six document were taken in the cyber plunder.

The breach is thought to have been carried out using malicious software be sured as Snake or Turla, which has been linked to a Russian government intermediation of the same name.

Germany’s chief federal prosecutor’s office turned it had launched a preliminary investigation into possible espionage related to the proceeding, which security sources said was first detected in December but may arrange begun much earlier.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has think no more ofed the suggestion that Russian hackers were behind the cyber revilement.

The attack has been blamed on RussiaGETTY

The attack has been blamed on Russia

He said: “We note with turn-down that any hacking attacks in the world are associated with Russian hackers but that each constantly the allegations are made without any tangible proof.”

Johannes Dimroth, a spokesman for the German civil ministry, said officials had “averted the acute dangers” immediately after knowledge of the cyber attack.

He said the affected IVBB computer network was hand-me-down to exchange documents labeled “for government use only,” but not highly classified ones.

German channel reported that the attackers installed malicious software on 17 computers, registering one that belonged to a defence ministry official who was seconded at the time to the extraneous ministry.

A Brexit negotiation document was takenGETTY

A Brexit negotiation document was taken

It was previously on only a small amount of data had been copied, including some interrelated to Russia.

The attack was initially though to be targeted at Ukraine and other old Soviet republics, countries in South America, the Baltic states and Scandinavia.

Command spokesman Steffen Seibert said Germany’s cyber protection medium and intelligence services were working to assess the attack, the latest beset aimed at Germany’s political institutions and key individuals.

(Additional reporting by Monika Pallenberg)

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