German politicians’ personal data leaked online

Sensitive data belonging to hundreds of German politicians and celebrities has been published online via a Twitter account in one of the largest leaks in the country’s history. The huge cache of documents includes personal phone numbers and addresses, internal party documents, credit card details and private chats.

A government spokeswoman, Martina Fietz, said the leak affected politicians of all levels including in the European, national and regional parliaments. “The German government is taking this incident very seriously,” she said, adding that faked documents could be among the cache.

The documents were published online in December but only came to light on Thursday night. The Federal Office of Information Security (BSI) said all but one of the seven parties in the Bundestag lower house were affected. German media said that party was the far right Alternative for Germany (AfD), prompting speculation the hackers may have a far right background.