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German officials have called for a tightening of data security laws after a data breach exposed documents belonging to hundreds of politicians, Reuters reports. While the breach is currently under investigation, police conducted a raid on a 19-year-old IT worker, Jan Schuerlein, who is being treated as a witness. Interior Ministry State Secretary Stephan Mayer said that while government networks had not been breached, there were efforts to tighten cybersecurity infrastructure. An editorial for the Guardian wrote that the attack looked “anarchistic and pointless,” noting, “The prankish, anarchistic mentality that seems to lie behind the German hacks may be closer to vandalism than to violent assault, but it must still be shocking and distressing to the victims.”
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