The Russia-linked Sofacy hacking group has breached the secure computer networks of a number of German federal agencies. The group – also known as APT28, Fancy Bear, and Pawn Storm – has been targeting government institutions, political organizations and defense companies around the world for over a decade.
The confirmation of the breach came from Johannes Dimroth, a spokesman for the German Interior Ministry, but he did not comment on the possible perpetrator. The finger-pointing was apparently made by German security forces, who are confident that hackers with links to the Russian state had originated the attacks.
Dimroth told Dpa International that government information technology and networks had been hit and that protective measures were being taken. Among the compromised networks are those of the foreign and defense ministries, the German Chancellery and the Federal Court of Auditors. The ongoing investigation into the breach is lead by the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) and the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) and aided by Germany’s foreign intelligence service.
Read more about the breach of German government’s secure computer networks, which was spotted in December 2017 and likely lasted for quite some time, on Help Net Security.