By Rob Pulham, Warwick Anderson and Wendy Mansell
A 20 year old German man orchestrated a serious and sophisticated data breach which affected more than 1000 people.
The attack was focused on German and European politicians at all levels including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, President Frank Walter Steinmeier and hundreds of public figures and celebrities.
The 20 year old hacker took to Twitter to drip feed the information depicted as an advent calendar by releasing new data each day in December. Information exposed included contact details, credit card and financial information, chat records, photographs and other personal information.
Reuters’ reported that the hacker is a student who lives at home with his parents, has no formal computer education and was motivated by irritation over statements made by politicians and public figures.
The widespread nature of this attack has resulted in a number of government officials calling for tighter laws.
It is clear that no-one is safe from a data breach – even those elected representatives who enact the laws designed to protect against them.