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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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The Chinese government is threatening to detain foreign citizens unless their home governments do what Beijing demands. In some cases, China has already made good on those threats.

The big picture: This marks a potential evolution of China's "wolf warrior diplomacy" to outright rogue state behavior, putting it in the company of countries like North Korea and Iran, which have also engaged in hostage diplomacy.

Justice Department sues Google over alleged search monopoly

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The Justice Department and 11 states Tuesday filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google, accusing the company of using anticompetitive tactics to illegally monopolize the online search and search advertising markets.

Why it matters: The long-awaited suit is Washington's first major blow against the tech giants that many on both the right and left argue have grown too large and powerful. Still, this is just step one in what could be a lengthy and messy court battle.

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