A young man has confessed to being responsible for the data breach that affected hundreds of German politicians, which he reportedly did out of annoyance at statements made by the public figures whose data he exposed. In light of this news, please see the comment below from Jake Moore, cyber security expert at ESET UK.
Jake Moore, Cyber Security Expert at ESET UK:
“This story just highlights that the motive behind a cyber-attack is not always financial. Hackers can have a variety of reasons for targeting an organisation or business. Given that this attack affected such a large group and was carried out by someone who is barely out of their teens, it highlights the need for us to up our own cyber security as well as gain trust from the big players. Luckily these flaws have now been fixed but we all need to be astute should another hacker decide to go after an amount of data and our own information becomes collateral damage”