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German, 20, confesses to mass data leak

Published: January 8, 2019
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Source: bbc.com

A 20-year-old man has made a "comprehensive" confession that he was behind a data breach affecting hundreds of high-profile Germans, police say.

Styling himself "G0d", he published private information about politicians, journalists, and celebrities on Twitter, under the username @_0rbit.

Investigators said the man was still in education and living with his parents.

The suspect said he acted alone and out of annoyance at statements made by the public figures he attacked.

About 1,000 people were affected, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Politicians from every major political party except for the far-right AfD were targeted, although investigators said they had yet to find evidence of the suspect's political inclinations.

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Someone has been publishing a massive trove of sensitive personal information—including phone numbers, private chats, family photos, and documents—of dozens of German politicians in what some are calling “the biggest hacker attack” in the country’s history. On Friday, the leak was the biggest news in Germany, and perhaps in all Europe. German authorities are investigating the incident, and victims are already speaking out about how it’s affecting them.

Friday, January 4, 2019 - Mass data attack on German politicians

Hundreds of German politicians, including Chancellor Angela Merkel, have had personal details stolen and published online. Contacts, private chats and financial details were put out on Twitter which belong to figures from every political party except the far-right AfD. Data from celebrities and journalists were also leaked.

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