Germany hacked: Angela Merkel's colleagues among mass data dump victims

www.theregister.co.uk | 1/4/2019 | Staff
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German politicians, journalists and other prominent public figures have been doxxed by hackers who distributed their personal data on Twitter, according to local reports.

A slew of prominent figures and organisations were seemingly targeted for the data dump operation.

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"Contact details such as hundreds of mobile phone numbers and addresses of politicians from the Bundestag and partly also from state politics were reported," according to one version of events from German TV Die Tagesschau (natürlich auf Deutsch).

"There is no system for selecting published data and information," it continued. "Rather, it seems as if everything that came into the hackers' [hands] has been posted on the internet."

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The dumped data ranged from internal political party communications to photographs of ID cards, letters, emails, invoices, chat transcripts, mobile phone numbers and credit card information, as well as other miscellaneous categories.

Nobody appeared sure where the data came from, though the sheer breadth and depth of it suggests a sustained operation that was ongoing for some years, judging by other reports. While Die Tagesschau presented the hack as motivated by right-wing political beliefs, other outlets looked closely at the data dump and saw that the ruling centre-right party, Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union, had also been targeted – something that suggests the motive may not have been entirely political.

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Oddly, the only political party whose data had not been released ("yet", as tabloid Das Bild reported) was...
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