The servers of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Defence of Germany were attacked by the hacker group APT28, which is usually associated with Russia, the German Spiegel reported on February 28.

According to the publication, hackers were able to install malicious software on government computers and steal data. The attack traces were found by German specialists in December 2017, however, the attack itself could last a whole year.

The malicious software has also affected the network used by the Federal Chancellery, the Ministry, the Federal Court of Audit and Security Service in Berlin, Bonn and other cities. Starting from December experts are trying to find out how deep had the hackers managed to penetrate the government networks.

According to many experts on cybersecurity, the APT28 hacker group has agencies associated with the Russian government, this group also attacked the Bundestag in 2015.

QHA reported that the British Foreign Office publicly accused the Russian army of using the NotPetya virus for conducting a cyber attack in June 2017. Almost three quarters of cases of infection were recorded in Ukraine. As a result of the attack of the NotPetya virus, businesses that actively traded with Ukraine suffered, such as Reckitt Benckiser, the Dutch delivery company TNT and the Danish company Maersk Line.

Reference: the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of the United States reported that the military hackers from Russia in 2017 conducted a cyber attack against Ukraine in order to undermine the country's financial system. The CIA stressed high probability that the Petya virus had been created precisely by the military intelligence of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Russian Federation.

Source: Spiegel