Berlin, January 4: Hundreds of politicians, including Chancellor Angela Merkel, have fallen victim to a massive online leak of private data in Germany.
A government spokesperson on Friday said personal data and documents belonging to several politicians and public figures have been published on the internet. She added that a preliminary investigation indicated that no sensitive information or data from Merkel's office has been leaked.
The stolen data, which comprises personal addresses, mobile phone numbers, letters, invoices and copies of identity documents, was published online via Twitter in December last year. However, the leak only came to light this week.
The Federal Office for Information Security and the domestic intelligence service said they were investigating the leak.
Politicians from all major German political parties except the nationalist Alternative for Germany (AfD) were targeted in the leaks.
In a serious embarrassment to the German security services, it emerged that the data has been released in a series of daily instalments since December 1, but authorities only became aware of the leak in the last 24 hours.
The data was released via a Twitter account in the name of @_Orbit, registered to a user claiming to be in Hamburg. The account has since been suspended and some of the shared files have been taken down.