Threats to the Electoral Process in Germany

Threats to the Electoral Process in Germany

On this report we explain how the German government has been affected by cyberattacks, phising and miss information all leading to the October 24th elections. Download it!

In the last few months, different governmental agencies in Germany have been object of various cyber attacks perpetrated by groups such as APT28. In this regard, a spike of activity has been identified in the months of August and September of active sessions of malware associated with tools used by this group, and among those which were found, at least one had the specific target of Germany’s governmental agencies. Given the nature of the evidence found, there is a real risk that the information potentially stolen from political actors in Germany can be used in the context of the upcoming elections. On the other hand, other generic samples detected have been found to have capabilities for information theft, the control of infected systems and different implementations to attack Windows, Mac and Android platforms. According to the work group developed by the European Union’s East StratCom, disinformation campaigns allegedly linked to Russian government involvement in cyberspace have also been reported related to the management of the refugee crisis and against German soldiers part of a NATO contingent stationed in Lithuania.

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