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Data on hundreds of German politicians stolen and posted online

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The leak affects politicians part of all of Germany's left and centrist political parties, such as the CDU, CSU, SPD, Greens, Left Party, and the FDP.

The German political establishment is reeling after personal data and communications from hundreds of politicians including Chancellor Angela Merkel were released by hackers.

Private data stolen from hundreds of German politicians, including Chancellor Angela Merkel, have been released online, the government said Friday.

Beyond politicians, who also included President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, celebrities and journalists were also targeted.

"Hacking attack against politicians: The BSI is now intensively probing the issue in close cooperation with other federal institutions", the BSI said on Twitter, adding that "according to what we know so far" the government's confidential networks were unaffected.

Among those affected were members of the Bundestag lower house of parliament, and the European Parliament, as well as those from regional and local assemblies, she said.

"Those responsible want to damage confidence in our democracy and their institutions", Katarina Barley, the German justice minister, said.

"With regard to the Chancellery it seems that, judging by the initial review, no sensitive information and data have been published and this includes (from) the chancellor", a government spokeswoman told reporters. The leak also included banking and financial details, ID cards and private chats.

The German Federal Office for IT Security said it was "intensively examining the case in close cooperation with other federal authorities".

'However the damage is likely to be massive given the volume of personal data published'.

The national cyberdefence body met to coordinate the response of federal government agencies, this morning.

"According to our current information, government networks have not been targeted", BSI tweeted.

The Twitter account @-0rbit published the links on a daily basis in the style of an advent calendar, with each entry representing a "door", behind which was a link to new information. Mrs Merkel, who has led the country since 2005, has seen her email address and several letters she sent and received published.

The agency said they don't believe Government networks had been affected by it. The Twitter account describes itself with labels such as security research, artist and satire.

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