German website hacked by Ukranian Russian sympathisers


Ukranian pro-Russia hackers have reportedly brought down two German websites linked in Angela Merkel and the Bundestag, Germany's parliament.

The group, calling themselves CyberBerkut claimed the DDoS attacks on their website, saying: "The Ukrainian government wants to review national budget by the 15 of February, 2015.The Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk hopes to obtain multi-billion credits from the EU and the IMF.

"It is obvious how this money will be wasted. Yatsenyuk needs money to extend the war and not to restore collapsed infrastructure of our country. This war has already taken thousands of lives, and Yatsenyuk will kill more for your money!"

The post called for Germany to stop financial support of the "criminal regime in Kiev", saying it unleashed a bloody civil war.

The timing of the incident coincided with Angela Merkel's meeting with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk in an attempt to calm the situation in the Eastern European country.

Steffen Seibert, a spokesperson for Merkel said: "Our service provider's data centre is under a severe attack that has apparently been caused by a variety of external systems," although no officials have confirmed it was CyberBerkut who performed the hack.

"We consider this a rather strong attack. Details aren't yet reliably known, and countermeasures are in place," Seibert continued.

The name of the group is significant, with Berkut referring to riot squads used by the government of Ukraine's former pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovich. Yanukovich lost power last year during protests in the city of Kiev.

Ukranian hackers on both sites of the conflict have been responsible for taking down a number of sites and leaking confidential documents, including Russian Interior Ministry dossiers relating to the presence of Russian soldiers operating in Ukraine last year.

Clare Hopping
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