“Anonymous” hackers attack European Parliament president’s site

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The personal website of European Parliament president Martin Schulz was hacked last week, his office has confirmed.

On Friday someone posted information on Pastebin indicating that they had retrieved database and password information from the martin-schulz.info website. A spokeswoman for Schulz stressed that this was not a page on the European Parliament website itself (although Schulz’s personal sites are now redirecting to his official page there.)

“The investigation is ongoing,” the president’s spokeswoman added.

The Greek security site SecNews reported that the attackers had emailed it, claiming responsibility in the name of Anonymous. It should be noted that, as is so often the case, attribution to “Anonymous” is a tricky matter. The group is nebulous and anyone can claim the name.

That email reportedly claimed that the attack was motivated by Schulz’s alleged aim of “destroying Greece and then other countries” – presumably something to do with the German European Parliament president last week urging the country’s new hard-left government to stick by the agreements made by its predecessors.

The attackers also included screenshots that detailed how they used a SQL injection attack to steal data from and deface the website.