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German authorities arrest man, 20, in relation to mass political data breach

Berlin / German authorities have arrested a 20-year-old man in connection to a recent major data breach that saw private information belonging to senior politicians and personalities, including the chancellor, shared online, the federal criminal police office (BKA) said Tuesday. 

The student, who is not known to have any qualifications in the field of IT and lived at his family home, acknowledged he was behind the cyber attack and offered to fully cooperate with police, Georg Ungefuk, representative of Attorney General Chief Prosecutor of Frankfurt am Main, told a press conference.

He said the suspect was released from police custody on Monday, a day after his arrest, given he acknowledged his actions, presented no flight risk and had fully cooperated by handing over his computer.

The suspect allegedly managed to obtain Chancellor Angela Merkel’s e-mail address and several private memos, as well as private information – such as telephone numbers, chats or bank details – belonging to other lawmakers from every political party in Germany except the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD).

He allegedly published the information online over the Christmas holiday period.

Ungefuk said the suspect may have been motivated out of anger against those targeted, which also included media personalities, journalists and NGO leaders.

He added that it was as yet undetermined whether third actors were involved.

The BKA announced it had raided the property where the suspect lived in the western region of Hesse and said he has been accused of espionage and the unwarranted publication of private information.

Given the fact that German law stipulates more lenient sentences until the age of 20, the suspect is not likely to face prison but could be handed an alternative punitive measure instead, Ungefuk said.

The cyber breach, one of the largest in German history, targeted hundreds of politicians and public figures.

The accused published the information on Twitter under the since-banned account usernames “GOd” or “Orbit”. (January 8, 2019, EFE/Practica Español)

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