Russian military intelligence hacked Angela Merkel's e-mails, reports Der Spiegel

Russia’s GRU military intelligence service appears to have accessed a number of emails from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s constituency office in a 2015 hack attack on Germany’s parliament, Der Spiegel magazine reported on Friday, without citing its sources.

A spokesman for the German government had no immediate comment.

The report said federal police and the federal cyber agency had been able to partially reconstruct the attack and found that two email inboxes from Merkel’s office had been targeted.

They contained email correspondence from 2012 to 2015. Der Spiegel said the hackers appear to have managed to copy both mailboxes to another computer.

Germany’s Bundestag lower house of parliament discovered its systems had been broken into in May 2015 and concluded that the intrusions had been continuing since at least the beginning of that year. It was impossible to determine what information had been stolen.

Igor Kostyukov

Headquartered in Moscow, the Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, GRU for short, is currently headed by Vice-Admiral Igor Olegovich Kostyukov, who formerly oversaw Russia's military operations in Syria. He was placed on the U.S. sanctions list in 2016, and the EU list in 2019.

His two predecessors, Generals Igor Sergun and Igor Korobov both died whilst in office, in 2016 and 2020 respectively.

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