‘Hacker at­tack’ hits 1m Ger­man homes

Kuwait Times - - HEALTH & SCIENCE -

In­ter­net ser­vice for al­most one mil­lion house­holds in Ger­many was dis­rupted by likely de­lib­er­ate hack­ing, provider Deutsche Telekom said yes­ter­day. Around 900,000 cus­tomers us­ing spe­cific mod­els of router have been af­fected since Sun­day af­ter­noon, the firm said, with some un­able to con­nect at all while oth­ers suf­fered in­ter­mit­tent prob­lems. “We be­lieve that in­flu­ence was ex­erted on the routers from out­side,” a Telekom spokesman said, say­ing soft­ware had been in­stalled on the de­vices that pre­vented them from con­nect­ing to the com­pany’s net­work. It did not pro­vide de­tails of which mod­els of router-net­work hard­ware that con­nects house­holds to their in­ter­net and tele­phone ser­vice provider-were af­fected.

Deutsche Telekom said that its en­gi­neers and col­leagues from the com­pa­nies that pro­duce the de­vices had been work­ing through the night to find a so­lu­tion. Cus­tomers af­fected have been ad­vised to dis­con­nect their routers from the net­work since the prob­lems be­gan on Sun­day af­ter­noon. Ger­many has been the tar­get of re­peated cy­ber at­tacks in re­cent years. In Septem­ber, sev­eral po­lit­i­cal par­ties were tar­geted with fake emails pur­port­ing to be from NATO head­quar­ters but which in fact con­tained a link that in­stalled spy­ing soft­ware on vic­tims’ com­put­ers.

Mean­while, hack­ers tar­geted the Bun­destag (Ger­man par­lia­ment) in a 2015 at­tack that se­cu­rity ser­vices have since blamed on Rus­sia. With fed­eral elections slated for au­tumn 2017, Ger­many has anx­iously eyed the im­pact of leaked doc­u­ments ob­tained by hack­ers on the US pres­i­den­tial polls this year. US author­i­ties have ac­cused Rus­sia of or­ches­trat­ing the leak of emails from the Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee that em­bar­rassed can­di­date Hil­lary Clin­ton. A cy­ber at­tack in Oc­to­ber also made large por­tions of the US in­ter­net un­avail­able for mil­lions of users world­wide. — AFP

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