The Federal office for information security (BSI) has already had since the weeks of the known massive theft of personal data of politicians and Celebrities, knowledge. The BSI unit because of his approach has come under increasing criticism. Even the Federal criminal police office (BKA) learned according to its own presentation of the publication, only in the night to Friday. According to a BKA-Letter to all the Bundestag deputies, which is present the German press Agency.

The FDP-to-digital politician Manuel Höferlin said, you have to wonder about the information policy of the BSI. “The Federal Agency must explain its approach to and critical review.” The Left party leader Dietmar Bartsch has not responded indignantly: “Given the Dimension of the data Klaus is information of party Chairman by the authorities is totally unacceptable. There is something to hide?”

His party colleague André Hahn said the editorial network Germany: “it annoys Me incredibly that I experienced such things several times in the media – and, although I am a member of the parliamentary control Committee and interior Committee of the Bundestag.” The information duty of the government to Parliament also applies between Christmas and new year.

BSI-President Arne Schönbohm

BSI-President Arne Schönbohm told the TV channel Phoenix “We have already spoken very early in December with the help of individual members who were affected, accordingly.” It had also been counter-measures initiated. Among other things, a special team had been dispatched for assistance in Affected (Mobile Incident Response Team). “Therefore, at an early stage, certain actions,” said Schönbohm.

On Thursday night it was reported that an Unknown on a Twitter account has published in December of mass personal data, including phone numbers and private Chat logs (read more about it here). Hundreds of politicians in the Federation, in the länder and in the municipalities affected, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and President of the Bundestag Wolfgang Schäuble (CDU). Data from actors and journalists were published.

According to the Federal Ministry of the interior, there are so far no indications that politicians in the AfD are affected. You would be the only in the Bundestag represented a party have been spared. Alone of the CDU and the CSU 410 name found on the online list published.

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To the enlightenment, also the Federal criminal police office, the protection of the Constitution, the Federal intelligence service and Federal police are involved in addition to the Federal office for security in information technology.

The BKA warned the deputies in his Letter, that the target of the “insults and threats, or in some cases property may be damaged”. The Links to the data will not be accessible, but it can be assumed that already the copies downloaded and distributed.

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One of the Main victims of the attack, the Green politician Konstantin von Notz, who called for a shift in German security policy. “We need a greater awareness that the question of IT security for a democracy in the age of digitization is constitutive,” said the Deputy faction chief of the German press Agency.

Although the state of digital structures is a responsibility of the users themselves also have a duty to pay attention to safety. “It is a societal box. We need to have a higher sensitivity for all concerned,” said von Notz. “Overall, the cabin is burning in the area ablaze.”

In an interview with “” he called on those Affected to report crimes. The Green group leaders, Katrin Göring-Eckardt and Anton Hofreiter provided according to the “Rheinische Post” in the name of the group as a whole a criminal complaint against unknown. Also other politicians of the party have already taken legal steps.

The FDP Deputy Höferlin said the dpa: “It shows once again that the structures for the Information of parliamentarians about Cyber threats are sufficient.” The interior Secretary of state Günter Krings (CDU), announced consequences. Deputy Union faction leader Thorsten Free casual handling of the issue of data security in society and the economy criticized a driving. While the United States in 2017 would have spent on the Cyber-security of around 20 billion euros, had to get by the German BSI, with a budget of around 110 million euros, he said the “Stuttgarter Zeitung”. The stand in no proportion to the actual danger.

SPIEGEL ONLINE reported in detail on the hacker attacks against politicians and persons of public life. With Details from the Data thefts, we are, however, cautious and careful. Home addresses, telephone numbers or other information which, according to present knowledge there is no public interest in the booth, we publish.


Sam Yoon has many years of experiences in journalism. He has covered such areas as information technology, science, sports and politics. Yoon can be reached at 82-2-6956-6698.