Major German party CDU hit with cyberattack

The Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU) has suffered a “serious” cyberattack, Germany’s Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI) confirmed.

The attack against CDU, the second largest party in Germany, comes ahead of the European Parliament elections, scheduled to take place on June 6th. The European Parliament is one of the legislative bodies of the European Union.

German authorities did not specify the type of attack that impacted CDU or whether any party members were exposed. We reached out to BMI for more details but did not receive a reply before publishing.

The authorities informed all German parliamentary parties about the attack, adding that security officers have ramped up protective measures to guard against digital and hybrid threats.

German media quoted an unnamed BMI spokesperson saying that the nature of the attack points to a “very professional” perpetrator. According to reports from Reuters, the CDU has taken down some parts of IT infrastructure and launched a separate investigation over the attack.

CDU holds 152 out of 736 seats in the Bundestag, Germany’s parliament. Last year, the party reported membership exceeding 370,000.

Earlier this month, Germany summoned the acting representative of the Russian embassy over attacks in 2022 that targeted Germany's governing Social Democrats as well as the logistics, defense, aerospace, and IT sectors, the interior ministry said in a statement.

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