BERLIN — Twitter shut down an account on Friday that an unidentified hacker had been using for weeks to expose the personal details of several hundred German lawmakers in what appeared to be major privacy breach for the German political establishment.
It was not immediately clear who was behind the publication of the information, including personal emails, chats, identity cards and contact details. It was also not clear how the data was obtained, German officials said.
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Links to sites hosting the material were posted on Twitter by an account named GOd. The breach appeared to target lawmakers from every major political party but one: the far-right Alternative for Germany, or AfD. Personal information from artists and journalists with leftist political leanings was also published.
Germans prize personal privacy — a legacy of abuses by the Nazi- and Communist-era secret police — and the country has long had some of the world’s strictest laws protecting personal information. Germany forced Google to allow individuals to blur images of their homes on its Street View mapping service, following outrage over the amount of data the company was collecting.
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