NPR is reporting Russia’s “Fancy Bear” cyber operations team has breached German government network assets:
Germany says it managed to fend off a cyberattack against key ministries, but declined to confirm media reports that the culprit was the Russian intelligence operation blamed for interference in U.S. elections.
“We can confirm that the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) and intelligence services are investigating a cybersecurity incident concerning the federal government’s information technology and networks,” an Interior Ministry spokesman said Wednesday.
“The attack was isolated and brought under control within the federal administration,” which manages government computer networks, the spokesman said in a statement, Reuters reports.
According to Reuters: “Western governments and security experts have linked the hacker group known as APT28 or Fancy Bear to a Russian spy agency, and have blamed it for an attack on the Democratic National Committee ahead of the 2016 U.S. elections.
Welcome to the new normal, where Russia conducts daily cyber operations, gets caught, and periodically publicly reprimanded for their bad behavior. I do not expect anything to change, unless one of the more powerful nation states severely breaches Russian assets. However, with Trump “in charge” in the US, it is doubtful a strong response will ever occur while he is in office.