Der Taggespiegel: Russian hackers threaten German power grids

German energy sector companies are being threatened by hacker attacks, which may be supported by Russian secret services, as reported on Saturday, March 12th, by Tagesspiegel. According to the letter, which the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution sent to various German economic associations, there is evidence that a large-scale attack by the hacker group, Sofacy, is being prepared. In the worst case this may lead to damage of power plants and networks.

Malicious software, according to the Ministry, may be sent to computers from 32 different Internet addresses. It is also asserted that the FSB and GRU of Russia are backing Sofacy. It is exactly the same hacker group that in the spring of 2015, organized a massive attack on the website of the Bundestag.

According to the Deputy of the Bundestag, Burkhard Lischka, the Russian authorities want to increase the feeling of insecurity in German society. If the hacker group manages to bring down one of the power plants, it could "destabilize the situation" in the country.

  Germany, Russia, Hackers