Man (20) arrested for hacking personal data of German politicians

In Germany, a 20-year-old young man has been arrested in connection with the large-scale hacking of personal data of German politicians.

The data of hundreds of politicians and other famous figures were leaked on the internet. The young man would come from the western state of Hesse. According to sources and the police reports.

Later today, the German Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer will give an update on the investigation. That press conference had already been announced for the news of the arrest. Seehofer only promised to speak about “reliable facts and not about suspicions”.

Yesterday, Seehofer met with Holger Münch, the head of the Federal Investigation Department (BKA) and Arne Schönbohm, head of the federal service for ICT security (BSI). The German Interior Minister came under fire because he had not made a public statement about the data leaks so far. Chancellor Angela Merkel, among others, was struck by this hack.

The data breach became known Friday, although most info was leaked via a Twitter account in the weeks beforehand. Yesterday it became known that there was a Sunday search in the apartment of a 19-year-old in the city of Heilbronn, in the southwestern state of Baden-Württemberg. Several German media reported yesterday that the 19-year-old is considered a witness.

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