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Report: Germany Blames Russia For Parliament Cyberattack

A six-month cyberattack against the German parliament in 2015 was organized by the Russian government, according to a report in the newsweekly Der Spiegel.

The magazine reported on January 30 that German authorities are certain that a Trojan virus attack against the Bundestag's computer network in the first half of 2015 was carried out by a Russian-government-funded hacker group known by the names Sofacy and APT28.

The attack shut down the network for several days and compromised a large amount of German government data.

A senior German security official who was not named told the magazine Berlin believes the attack is "clearly" linked to "a Russian military intelligence service."

He added that the attack followed a similar pattern to other cyberattacks against Germany and other NATO countries.

Based on reporting by Der Spiegel and dpa