A hacker group calling itself CyberBerkut claims to have taken control of access to two German government websites in retaliation against that country's backing for the government of Ukraine in its ongoing conflict with Russia and pro-Russian separatists.
A statement on the pro-Russian group's website says that the Ukrainian government in Kiev is currently looking for investment from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and that this money will be used to step up its conflict with pro-Russian militias in the east of the country.
"The Ukrainian government wants to review national budget by the 15 of February, 2015. The Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk hopes to obtain multi-billion credits from the EU and the IMF. It is obvious how this money will be wasted," it said as it announced a block on the two government sites: www.bundeskanzlerin.de and www.bundestag.de."
The first is chancellor Angela Merkel's official website while the other is the national parliament website.
"[PM] Yatsenyuk needs money to extend the war and not to restore collapsed infrastructure of our country. This war has already taken thousands of lives, and Yatsenyuk will kill more for your money! That's why we appeal all people and government of Germany to stop financial and political support of criminal regime in Kiev, which unleashed a bloody civil war. We are CyberBerkut! We will not forget! We will not forgive!"
At time of writing, both sites were blocked. Reports online say that the German government acknowledged a problem during a press conference. However, no mention was made of the suspected source.
The pro-Russia group has in the past attacked Nato for spreading anti-Russian propaganda.
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