German Parliament to wipe part of IT system amid hack attack

German Parliament to wipe part of IT system amid hack attack
A ship passes by the Reichstag building which is reflected in the windows of another building of the German parliamentary complex in Berlin, Thursday, June 11, 2015. German lawmakers are mulling whether to replace their entire computer system after a sophisticated hacking attack against the Parliament's IT network. (AP Photo/Ferdinand Ostrop)

The speaker of Germany's Parliament said Thursday that parts of its information technology system will need to be wiped and reinstalled to deal with an ongoing hacking attack on the network used by thousands of lawmakers and aides.

Norbert Lammert announced the move after meeting with lawmakers to discuss the extent of the attack that was first discovered in early May.

Lammert said there was no indication that computers would need to be replaced. In a letter to lawmakers he also said that, contrary to German media reports, no data appeared to have been syphoned out of Parliament's IT system in the past two weeks.

But a parliamentary official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to discuss the matter publicly, told The Associated Press that hackers could have gained access to administrator passwords that would allow them to intercept sensitive communication.

The head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency said the attack may have been the work of foreign spies. German news agency dpa reported that Hans-Georg Maassen didn't indicate which country he suspected, but said that his agency had repeatedly warned in the past of the sophisticated cyberattacks carried out by Russia's intelligence agencies.

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