German government websites hacked by pro-Russian hackers

German government website hacked by pro-Russian hackersCyberBerkut, a group of pro-Russian hackers, has claimed that it brought down the websites of Germany’s parliament and Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel, yesterday.

On the group’s website, they explain their reasoning behind the attack:

“The Ukrainian government wants to review national budget by the 15 of February, 2015. The Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk hopes to obtain multi-billion credits from the EU and the IMF. It is obvious how this money will be wasted. Yatsenyuk needs money to extend the war and not to restore collapsed infrastructure of our country.This war has already taken thousands of lives, and Yatsenyuk will kill more for your money!

“That’s why we appeal all people and government of Germany to stop financial and political support of criminal regime in Kiev, which unleashed a bloody civil war.

While Ukraine is in the midst of a prolonged fight with pro-Russian separatists in the eastern part of the country, it has been reported that the European Union and the International Monetary Fund have given billions in bailout money to help Ukraine in their war effort.

Countermeasures by the German government were taken but failed to halt the attack, which left the sites inaccessible from 10 am Wednesday until the evening.

It is believed to be the first successful APT on German government websites, which intelligence agencies say face about 3,000 such assaults a day.

As tensions rise throughout Eastern Europe, partisan groups are using cyber crime as a channel to voice their opinions and get them heard across international media.

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