Attempts to hack German parliament used ads on Israeli website


Attempts to hack Germany’s parliament this year used advertising on an Israeli news site to redirect users to a malicious website, Reuters reported on Wednesday, citing Berlin’s cyber security watchdog.

The advertising appeared on the website of Israeli newspaper Jerusalem Post, according to the report.

Defenses installed after the parliament was successfully hacked in 2015 helped prevent the attempts, Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) said in a statement.

At least ten German legislators from all parliamentary groups were affected by the hacking attempt, the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper reported.

“The technical analysis is complete. The website of the Jerusalem Post was manipulated and had been linked to a malicious third party site,” the agency announced in a statement.

“BSI found no malware or infections as part of its analysis of the Bundestag networks.”

The Jerusalem Post confirmed the details with Reuters, but said no malware come from its own site. “We immediately took action and together with Israeli cyber authorities successfully neutralized the threat,” the publisher said.

Germany’s domestic secret service said in May 2016 that it had evidence that Russia was behind a series of cyber attacks, including one that targeted the German parliament in 2015.

A source told Reuters that it appeared the latest hacking attempts did not appear to be linked to the Russian hacking group known as “Fancy Bear” that has been blamed for the 2015 Germany hack and the 2016 hack of the U.S. Democratic National Committee.

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