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Natalya Solovyova | 05/30/2020
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to Germany was summoned to the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The reason is a conversation about a hacker attack on the Bundestag, in which a Russian citizen is accused.
In early May 2020, the German Federal Prosecutor’s Office issued an arrest warrant for 29-year-old Russian hacker Dmitry Badin. Law enforcement authorities suspect him of hacking computer
German parliamentary systems in the interests of Russian intelligence services. According to law enforcers, in April 2015 Badin was part of the hacker group Fancy Bear, which allegedly
belongs to the GRU, cracked passwords and entered the IT system of the Bundestag and, in particular, in the e-mail of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. This was reported by a number of German publications such as Sueddeutsche
Zeitung and Spiegel. It is believed that the hacker used specially designed malware called “VSC.exe” to conduct the attack.
According to Spiegel, after the attack, Merkel’s letters from the parliamentary bureau fell into the hands of the Russian military, starting in 2012. The amount of stolen data was 16 GB, but what kind of information
pulled out of the correspondence hacker with the nickname Scaramouche (“Skoromokh”), remains unknown.
The hacking incident is reported to have occurred during the Bundestag celebration of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. After the attack, the computer system remained paralyzed for
a few days.
In addition, according to Spiegel, one of the Russians tried to break into the official accounts of the parliament the day before the event, but he did not succeed. But directly on the day of the celebration of the anniversary of him,
constantly being in the Bundestag, he was able to implement his plan.
Earlier, the United States authorities had already accused Badin of hacker attacks. In particular, in their opinion, on the eve of the 2016 elections, the Russian carried out the theft of emails from Hillary Clinton and
US Democratic Party. In addition, he is suspected of attacking the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
A German Foreign Ministry statement addressed to Russian ambassador Sergei Nechaev said that Federal Foreign Secretary Secretary Miguel Berger “strongly condemned the hacker’s
attack. ” It is noted that against Dmitry Badin, the federal government in Brussels is ready to use EU sanctions.
However, as the German media recall, the statute of limitations for the commission of this crime expires in a few weeks.
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