Merkel fears Russian meddling in German election

Merkel fears Russian meddling in German election
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters Tuesday that she feared Russia might launch hacking campaigns to interfere with the 2017 German elections, something U.S. intelligence agencies say it did this year in America. 

Merkel was asked at a Berlin press conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg whether she feared Russia might launch attacks in Germany similar to those on the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

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"We are already, even now, having to deal with information out of Russia or with internet attacks that are of Russian origin or with news which sows false information," she said, according to Agence France-Presse.

Merkel later added, "So it may be that this could also play a role during the election campaign."

Last month, the Obama administration formally accused Moscow of hacking the DNC and other Democratic Party groups in an attempt to foster chaos in this year's presidential election. 

German investigators blamed Russia for hacking its Parliament last year.

The group alleged to be behind the breach, nicknamed Fancy Bear, was allegedly part of the effort to hack the DNC this year. Researchers discovered much of the same technical evidence in the DNC attacks as German intelligence did in its investigation.