Arrest in massive German data breach case

Germany data breach: man arrested over massive leak of private information

Germany data breach: man arrested over massive leak of private information

In a press release, the BKA said the suspect had claimed to have "acted alone" and had "stated that he acted out of annoyance over public statements made by the politicians, journalists and public figures concerned".

The information appeared to include data on members of all parties in parliament except those from the far-right Alternative for Germany party.

What do we know about the suspect?

Most of the data posted was limited to basic contact details like email addresses and phone numbers, but some bank account details, bills, personal photos and chats were published, The Wall Street Journal reported.

"The investigations have so far provided no indication of the participation of a third party".

Investigators have seized computers and hard drives from the scene that were now being combed over by experts, Ungefuk added.

In a statement, the BKA said he was detained after a search of his home in the state of Hesse on Sunday.

He stands accused of spying and illegally publishing personal data.

His provisional arrest, however, was lifted on Monday evening. The suspect was provisionally arrested but released due to a lack of evidence. Twitter suspended that account Friday.

The information was released in the style of an advent calendar last month, along with data from celebrities and journalists.

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It described its activities as "security researching", "artist" and "satire and irony" and said it was based in Hamburg.

Who was targeted in the breach?

Authorities have said nearly 1,000 people were affected by the data breach.

German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer will hold a press conference this afternoon.

How did the data breach happen?

The suspect also reportedly told authorities that he acted alone.

"The prosecutor's office in Frankfurt, the Central Office for Fighting Internet and Computer Crime and the Federal Police Office (BKA) searched the apartment of a 20-year-old suspect on January 6 and took him into custody", the BKA said in a statement.

The private information seems to have been acquired over a substantial period of time in 2018 in what officials called a "sophisticated" operation, and added to publicly available information. He said he would bring a new federal security law to the cabinet in the first half of the year, and add several hundred new posts to the IT Security agency.

The information derived both from social media and private "cloud" data.

The case quickly drew the attention of Germany's Federal Office for Information Security, which said it was investigating, along with the National Cyber Defense Center.

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