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Bundestag IT system shut down after hacker attack

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Baku, August 20, AZERTAC

The German parliament`s computer system is being shut down for four days for maintenance following a recent cyberattack, according to the Deutsche Welle. Experts are calling for a complete overhaul of the Bundestag's IT system, according to Deutsche Welle.

German MPs will not be able to access the computer system of the Bundestag from Thursday, 5 p.m. local time until sometime on Monday, according to parliamentary President Norbert Lammert. There will be no access to the Bundestag`s e-mail server either.

The maintenance work follows an attack on the system at the end of May that saw hackers sneak in a Trojan into the system to siphon off a large amount of data.

It is not clear who carried out the attack, although investigators suspect Russian hacker group Sofacy of being involved.

"The Bundestag was an open book for hackers for months, that much we can take as read," she told news agency DPA, adding that the attack was an "embarrassing" episode for parliament.

 

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