Merkel website hacked ahead of visit by Ukrainian premier

Merkel website hacked ahead of visit by Ukrainian premier
German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends the first cabinet meeting of the year at the chancellery in Berlin, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

A German official says Chancellor Angela Merkel's website and several other German government sites have been blocked, and a pro-Russian organization has claimed responsibility.

A pro-Russian organization calling itself CyberBerkut claimed on its website Wednesday to have blocked the official sites of Merkel and the German Parliament ahead of a visit to Berlin by Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk. Merkel has been a leading figure in attempts to calm the Ukraine crisis.

Merkel spokesman Steffen Seibert said several were unreachable Wednesday morning because of a "serious attack clearly caused by a multitude of external systems"—what is known as a distributed denial of service, or DDOS, attack.

Seibert says the attack is still being analyzed, and he did not say who was believed to be responsible.


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