Germany: Mass data leak, INF Treaty discussed at press conference

The data leak of personal information of hundreds of German politicians and public figures, as well as Russia's breach of the INF treaty, were high on the agenda of a press conference held in Berlin on Monday. The data breach — one of the largest ever in German history — saw sensitive data from hundreds of politicians and public figures published in December, but only came to light on Thursday... Еще. Addressing criticism that Germany's information security agency, the BSI, had been too slow to act on information in December about the breach, Interior Ministry Spokesperson Soeren Schmidt claimed there had been a «misunderstanding» about the nature of the events. «Unfortunately there was a misunderstanding. There was one singular case at the start of December where a Member of Parliament approached the BSI and indicated that personal data from him had been published... However, at this time and also in the course of December it was not clear that this single publication had any reference, so to say, a reference to this large number of data, this large amount of data.» Russia's compliance with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty was also discussed, with German Government spokesperson Steffen Siebert saying that Germany stood by the treaty and its fulfilment, but that it was «up to Russia to prove that it wants to return to contract loyalty within the time limit now given to it, through constructive actions, statements, and initiatives,» Seibert said. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg issued Russia a final warning to comply with the INF treaty last Friday. Russia denies violating the agreement.

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