Germany Has 'Hard
Evidence' Of Russian Cyberattack On Parliament
May 13, 2020
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says there is "hard evidence" of the
involvement of "Russian forces" in a 2015 cyberattack on the German
parliament in which documents from her own parliamentary office were
The German daily newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported last week that
federal prosecutors in Germany had issued an arrest warrant for a
suspected officer with Russia's GRU military intelligence agency.
The alleged GRU officer, identified as Dmitriy Badin, is also being
sought by U.S. authorities.
On May 8, the German news magazine Der Spiegel reported that
correspondence from Merkel's parliamentary office was among the
documents targeted in the 2015 hack.
Prosecutors have not confirmed the German media reports.
But when Merkel was asked by lawmakers on May 13 about the theft of data
from her office, she said, "I get the impression that they picked up
relatively indiscriminately what they could get."
"I am very glad that the investigations have now led to the federal
prosecutor putting a concrete person on the wanted list," Merkel told
lawmakers, without elaborating. "I take these things very seriously."
"I can say honestly that this pains me," she said. "On the one hand, I
work every day for a better relationship with Russia. When you see on
the other hand that there is such hard evidence that Russian forces are
involved in acting this way, this is an area of tension."
Russian officials deny any involvement in the 2015 cyberattack on the
Kremlin has also dismissed charges of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S.
presidential election and alleged cyberattacks on other countries and
Merkel indicated that the German investigation had not changed her
assessment of Russia's tactics -- a strategy of "hybrid warfare, which
includes warfare in connection with cyber, disorientation, and factual
She said there were important reasons to try to maintain good relations
with Russia, "but this naturally doesn't make it easier."
She described the cyberattack as "outrageous," and that Germany reserved
"the right to take measures, including against Russia."