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Bundestag doesn't have a clue of how hackers got into its systems

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June 1, 2015

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Two weeks after the revelations of a serious cyber attack on Germany's Bundestag, insiders have told us that its IT department is still clueless about what's been going on inside its systems.

On Friday, it also emerged that some data had almost certainly been stolen by the hackers.

Worse, Bundestag's IT department still don’t know who is behind the attack or even when it started.

To be sure, the Trojan malware which penetrated the entire Bundestag network, including MPs' computers, could have been sitting on computers for months or even years.

Sources say that the attack is a sophisticated one and not likely to be the work of hobbyists.

The implication is very clear-- MPs silently fear a national government is behind the security breach. China, North Korea, Britain and the United States all maintain significant in-house hacking capabilities.

Although staff at the Bundestag have been reassured that “countermeasures have been taken”, there is no indication when 'service as normal' will resume any time soon.

So severe is the security breach that there have been whisperings of closing for the summer recess a month earlier.

Meanwhile, the president of the Bundestag, Norbert Lammert, informed its staff that the powers that be have agreed to extend most retention periods for log data of all the staff.

Some MPs are concerned about this and are worried that metadata retention of all websites they visit will become a permanent state of affairs.

Accessing the internet from the Bundestag is still 'slow as hell' and the IT service says this is “due to security”, we were told by a frustrated user.

In January of this year, the Bundestag and the German Chancellery were totally paralysed for several hours due to a coordinated DDoS attack.

At that time, a pro-Russian hacker group in the Ukraine claimed responsibility. As German MPs get increasingly nervous about this huge security breach, no such claims have been made this time, however.

Source: The Bundestag.

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