08:54 GMT25 July 2021
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    BERLIN (Sputnik) - The German Interior Ministry has no information to confirm the alleged large-scale cyberattack on German facilities coming from Russia, ministry spokesman Steve Alter said on Wednesday.

    "We saw the media reports. The responsible agencies do not currently have information about a large-scale attack having taken place. Overall, the number of cyberattacks has not increased in recent days", Alter said at a briefing.

    According to the spokesman, the only attack detected in Germany in recent days was a "probably criminally motivated" DDoS attack on a government contractor. He added that the attack was quickly prevented and resulted in "very small interference" with the targeted enterprise's operations.

    The Bild tabloid reported citing sources that German intelligence along with other Western secret services believes that hackers from Russia are behind cyberattacks on "critical infrastructure and the banking sector" in the West.

    According to Bild, "state Russian hackers from the Fancy Bear group" were allegedly behind the attacks. Germany's Federal Cyber Security Authority reportedly confirmed this information to the outlet on Wednesday.

    The sources list several alleged reasons for cyberattacks, including revenge for the tough sanction policy against Moscow, as well as attempts to thwart sanctions on Belarus and its leadership.

    Moscow has repeatedly denied such accusations, often calling for multilateral dialogue on cybersecurity.

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