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Unconfirmed report from Business Insider citing unnamed sources stating that the server of the German electoral commission has been the subject of a hacking attack.

  • BI reporting that according to a rep for the German election commissioner, the website went down for a few minutes in late August.
  • Supposedly the technical system used for the actual election - set for 26 September - was not affected by the hack.
  • While it would seem that the hack did not have any notable impact on the ability of the electoral commission to fulfil its duties, there will be significant concern in Berlin and Brussels about the potential for foreign interference in the German election campaign and the voting itself.
  • There have been numerous attempts at hacking of various German lawmakers and institutions during the campaign, with the gov't lodging a complaint with the Russian gov't only last week over the issue.