>> The German government has been hacked. And local media reports claim a Russian group was behind it. A spokesperson has confirmed the government network was breached in an isolated attack. Adding it'd been brought under control and security officials were investigating. German media claim it was launched by the infamous Russia hacker group, APT28, also known as Crazy Bear.
Linked by western officials to a Russian spy agency, that group was behind a 2015 attack on the German Parliament. A government spokesperson did not comment on whether they were responsible for the latest incident. And the Kremlin has previously denied being involved in cyber attacks on German political targets.
Some lawmakers were angry that they only learned of the hack from media. German security sources say they've been aware of it for some time. But it could increase pressure on Chancellor Angela Merkel's government to be more proactive. A lawmaker from the Green Party has called it a form of warfare.
Top intelligence officials have already demanded greater authority to hack back.