German politicians’ personal data leaked online


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Huge cache of documents published daily in December but came to light only on Thursday

Sensitive data belonging to hundreds of German politicians, celebrities and public figures has been published online via a Twitter account in what is thought to be 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 leaks affected politicians of all levels including those 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.


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