Russian cyberattacks reported ahead of German election

Russia accused of 'Ghostwriter' cyberattacks ahead of German election
The Reichstag building in Berlin, which houses the lower house of Germany's parliament. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: The European Commission (EC) has accused Russia of trying to interfere in Germany’s national election by cyberattacks just days before Sunday’s parliamentary election in the country.

The European Commission said in a statement on Friday: “EU Member States have observed malicious cyber activities, collectively designated as Ghostwriter, and associated these with the Russian state.”

The statement added: “Such activities are unacceptable as they seek to threaten our integrity and security, democratic values and principles and the core functioning of our democracies.”

The accusations from the EC happen as Germany is set to take to the polls to choose a successor for Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is stepping down after 16 years in the office.

EU statement said Russia targeted “numerous members of Parliaments, government officials, politicians, and members of the press and civil society in the EU by accessing computer systems and personal accounts and stealing data.”

German officials and politicians were among those targeted by Russian malicious cyberattacks, an EU official said.

These activities are contrary to the norms of responsible State behaviour, the EC statement said.

The statement said that the European Union and its Member States strongly denounce these malicious cyberattacks, which all involved must put to an end immediately.

The EU urged Russia to adhere to the norms of responsible state behaviour in cyberspace.

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