Cyber-attack on German communications network was conducted using Outlook

A major cyber-attack that resulted in the compromise of a communications network used by several government ministries in Germany took place after hackers weaponised emails with malicious code before sending them to Outlook inboxes of German officials.

Earlier this week, we revealed how a group of hackers had managed to compromise Informationsverbund Berlin-Bonn, a server that served as a communication exchange platform for several government ministries, the parliament, the Federal Audit Office, the Chancellery, and other government departments in Germany.

In a press statement, Germany's Interior Ministry said: "We can confirm that the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) and intelligence services are investigating a cybersecurity incident concerning the federal government's information technology and networks."