German Bundestag to rebuild IT systems as cyber attack continues

By on 24/06/2015

The German lower house of Parliament is working to re-build its IT systems as a cyber attack which has lasted almost two months, is still ongoing.

Global Government Forum reported on 28 May that hackers had been able to steal data from the German Bundestag, according to its spokeswoman.

Today, the spokeswoman told GGF that, while no further data thefts had occurred since 20 May, “this still doesn’t mean an ‘all-clear’.”

She also said that the Bundestag is working with the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) – the agency in charge of managing computer and communication security for the government – and an external supplier to draft and implement the re-building of segments of the Bundestag’s IT system as soon as possible.

President of the Bundestag Norbert Lammert told parliamentarians in a statement on 11 June that the rebuild would not require any hardware to be replaced.

He also said that the state prosecutor had now joined the investigation.

About Winnie Agbonlahor

Winnie is news editor of Global Government Forum. She previously reported for Civil Service World – the trade magazine for senior UK government officials. Originally from Germany, Winnie first came to the UK in 2006 to study a BA in Journalism & Russian at the University of Sheffield. She is bilingual in English and German, and, after spending an academic year abroad in Russia and reporting for the Moscow Times, Winnie also speaks Russian fluently.

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