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Ukraine hackers admit to German attack

The Heartbleed bug allowed hackers to spy on computers but not take control of them, according to Dan Guido, chief executive of a cybersecurity firm Trail of Bits.

The Heartbleed bug allowed hackers to spy on computers but not take control of them, according to Dan Guido, chief executive of a cybersecurity firm Trail of Bits.

Published Jan 8, 2015

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Berlin – A pro-Russian hacker group from Ukraine has claimed responsibility for attacks that brought down the websites of the German government and parliament.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s website bundeskanzlerin.de and the Bundestag’s website bundestag.de had been down since 10am (local time), Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert said.

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“There is a heavy attack on our provider’s servers, caused by multiple external systems.”

The Cyberberkut hacker group said on its website the attack was timed to coincide with today’s Berlin visit of Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk, whom it blames for the war in eastern Ukraine.

Sapa-dpa

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