Cyberattack on Germany’s Greens Compromises Accounts of Top Officials

Germany’s Green party said e-mail addresses once used by Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock and Economy Minister Robert Habeck were compromised in a cyberattack.

Germany’s Green party said e-mail addresses once used by Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock and Economy Minister Robert Habeck were compromised in a cyberattack.

Baerbock and Habeck were co-leaders of the Greens before the party entered the current three-way governing coalition led by Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s centre-left Social Democrats.

A Greens spokesperson on Saturday confirmed a report about the cyberattack in Der Spiegel magazine, but said Baerbock and Habeck’s e-mail accounts were no longer actively used since they stepped away from their party’s leadership roles in January.

The attackers also succeeded in penetrating the party e-mail accounts of the new co-chairmen Ricarda Lang and Omid Nouripour and partially forwarding e-mails to external servers.

Der Spiegel reported that initial evidence points in the direction of hackers in Russia.

The Green party has been hit by hackers several times in recent weeks. As a result, access to the Green Network, an internal party platform, has been restricted since June 13, the spokeswoman said.

Der Spiegel reported that investigations into the cyberattacks were ongoing by the local, state and federal law enforcement teams.