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Fancy Bear hackers hit German Interior Ministry

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Deutsche Welle reports that Fancy Bear, the believed-Russian hackers behind the DNC hacking in 2018, hacked the computer networks of Germany's internal ministry and dwelled in the network for as much as a year. German officials confirmed to Reuters that a hack took place, but made no such attribution.

Why it matters: Though Germany was mum about who was behind this most recent hack, its parliamentary body, the Bundestag, announced in 2016 it had been attacked by Fancy Bear.

With increasing international attention to Russian cyber operations after the U.K. and U.S. attributed a massive malware attack last year to Moscow, it may be increasingly untenable for the Trump administration to slow walk sanctions against the Putin regime.

  • Also Wednesday: Researchers at Palo Alto Networks outlined a Fancy Bear campaign against North American and European diplomats. That campaign took place this month, well after the German attack.
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