Emails captured in cyber attack on the Greens

The Greens have fallen victim to a major cyber attack. The party has been attacked several times in recent weeks, as “Der Spiegel” reported on Thursday. Access to an internal party platform has been restricted since June 13, a party spokeswoman told the magazine. This is a security measure “after our IT service provider found that unknown persons had gained access to the green network”.

The “Green Network” is an internal platform of the party, on which the Greens exchange information about negotiating positions within the traffic light coalition. According to the report, the federal office of the party informed users about the incident by email on Thursday afternoon.

E-mails for external communication concerned

As “Der Spiegel” reports, the hackers managed to “penetrate the mail accounts of the two Green Party chairmen, Omid Nouripour and Ricarda Lang, and to forward some of their mail traffic to an external server,” wrote “Der Spiegel”. The e-mails would therefore mainly be used for external communication, it said.

According to “Spiegel” information, the incident was preceded by an attack on May 30, in which e-mail accounts were targeted. Leading Green politicians are also said to have been affected by this attack. After the incident, the party informed the authorities and filed a criminal complaint, the magazine further reported.

According to “Spiegel”, the Berlin State Criminal Police Office and the Federal Criminal Police Office began investigations into the case. During the attack, several e-mails are said to have been forwarded to an external server and thus leaked. It cannot be ruled out that a state actor was behind the attack, the magazine reported, citing security circles.

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