The fact that criminal hackers attack accounts of politicians in order to influence the election results with fake news is widely known at the international level. The Ghostwriter group is now suspected of having carried out cyber attacks on MPs’ accounts in order to influence the election results of the 2021 Bundestag election by spreading false information. Since the beginning of the year, the group has repeatedly carried out attacks on the accounts of politicians. Russia, as the suspected origin of cybercriminals, denies the current allegations. In an official press release, the European Union and its member states condemn the group’s activities and call on the Russian Federation to behave responsibly in cyberspace.
Andy Norton, European Cyber Risk Officer at Armis
Attacks like this are not an isolated case and have been piling up in the recent past. Andy Norton, European Cyber Risk Officer at Armis , comments on the incidents as follows: “The threat actors behind “Ghostwriter” have been at the center of NATO- and Europe-centered campaigns to influence public opinion in the past. The group operates by creating fake media reports and distributing them either through fake accounts or by taking over the email and social media accounts of its targets and publishing the false reports under their names.“
Since the beginning of the year, the “Ghostwriter” group had repeatedly made headlines by trying to access the account data of several members of parliament by means of phishing emails.
“It is suspected that Germany is at the center of disinformation campaigns; a task force of the EU’s External Action Service has recorded over 700 cases of disinformation since 2015. The recent elections in Germany are just the latest target of the campaign in an ongoing propaganda war,“ concludes Andy Norton.