NATO allies blame Russia for ‘particularly serious and reprehensible’ cyberattacks

A hacking group associated with Russia’s military intelligence agency attacked German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s political party and “some Czech institutions,” according to Western officials and NATO

“We can attribute this cyberattack to a group called APT28, which is steered by the military intelligence service of Russia,” German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock told reporters on Friday. “This is absolutely intolerable and unacceptable and will have consequences.”

Russia denied the allegation “as another unfriendly step aimed at fueling anti-Russian sentiment in Germany,” but Baerbock’s rebuke found an echo in Prague and across the NATO alliance. The hacking organization, known in Western circles as Fancy Bear or APT28, “exploit[ed] a previously unknown vulnerability in Microsoft Outlook from 2023” in a sprawling operation, according to Czech officials.

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