Russian hackers managed to copy two email boxes from German Chancellor Angela Merkel in an attack in 2015, reports the German newspaper Der Spiegel on Friday based on unknown sources. As a result, the entire e-mail traffic from 2012 to 2015 may have fallen into the attackers' hands.

The German magazine reports that the digital attack has been reconstructed by the Bundeskriminalamt (BKA, the German Federal Police) and the Federal Office of Information Security (BSI).

The investigation allegedly revealed that the attacker had access to the Bundestag's IT systems in May 2015. According to Der Spiegel , a total of 16 GB of data has been captured, including possibly the emails from Merkel.

On Tuesday it was announced that the German judiciary has issued an arrest warrant for a Russian suspected of the hack. Dmitriy Badin is said to be an agent of the Russian intelligence agency GRU. In 2018, he was indicted in the United States for involvement in hacks surrounding the 2016 presidential election.

A spokesman for the German government was unable to immediately respond to the publication of Der Spiegel . The same goes for Moscow, which has denied allegations of hacks abroad.