Merkel criticises Russia over 2015 hacking attack on German parliament


German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday accused Russia of “outrageous’’ behaviour in connection with a 2015 hacking attack on the German Government.

She implied that there could be consequences.

“An investigation by Germany’s attorney general found hard evidence of Russian involvement in the attack,’’ she told lawmakers in Berlin.

Merkel said that trust had been damaged and warned of repercussions, adding that she continued to strive for good relations with Moscow.

“Of course, we reserve the right to take measures, including against Russia,’’ she said.

According to media reports, federal investigators hold Russia’s GRU military intelligence agency responsible for a major hacking attack that targeted the Bundestag in 2015.

The German attorney general reportedly obtained an international arrest warrant for a young Russian hacker called Dmitry Badin, following years of investigations by federal police.

Badin is accused of secret service agent activity and data espionage.