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German authorities prevent cyberattacks on data service providers used by federal agencies, though they denied its impact on critical infrastructure and banks.
According to Interior Ministry spokesman Steve Alter, the authorities reacted promptly to avoid any major impact on the service with the likelihood of it being criminally motivated.
According to Bild newspaper reports suggest the attack was carried out by a hacking group linked to the Kremlin targeting the German infrastructure and the country’s banking system.
Bild further reported, a group dubbed “Fancy Lazarus” meaning “Fancy Bear”, a group controlled by Russian GRU military intelligence agency that was behind the hacking of Hillary Clinton’s staff prior to the 2016 election, according to a 2018 U.S. Department of Justice indictment.
Germany’s BSI Federal Cyber Security Authority denied Bild’s claims saying they had no knowledge of the attack on Twitter. The attack was said to be revenge for international sanctions leveled on Russia and Belarus.
Cybersecurity firm Proofpoint Inc in a blog post said Fancy Lazarus previously identified themselves as Fancy Bear and has been involved in an increasing number of so-called distributed denial-of-service attacks, including against the energy, financial, and insurance industries.
Further, the cybersecurity firm stated there was no known connection to the Fancy Bear group that has been labeled an advanced, persistent threat.
When contacted Germany’s BaFin financial regulator and the European Central Bank did not comment on this immediately.
Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin spokesperson, rejected the allegations of Russian involvement and said, “there’s no need to immediately blame the Russians for everything without basis.”
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