Email Accounts of Prominent Politicians, Journalists and Entertainers Hacked
Who: Lawmakers and other prominent Germans, including rappers, journalists and internet personalities
# of Accounts Breached: Nearly 1,000
What was affected: Links to their street and email addresses, private chats from social media, bank account details and pictures of their children
When it happened: January 4, 2019
How it happened: On Friday, nearly 1,000 lawmakers and other prominent Germans, including rappers, journalists and internet personalities, awoke to find links to their street and email addresses, private chats from social media, bank account details, and pictures of their children published on Twitter, in another significant breach aimed at the country’s political establishment.
Outcome: As the country’s main cybersecurity defense team called a crisis meeting to coordinate with domestic and foreign intelligence agencies early Friday, Twitter took down the accounts used by a hacker calling himself God that had been broadcasting links to the information since early last month.