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    A German Military Officer Used an Unsecured Line for a Conference Call. Russia Hacked and Leaked It

    A German Military Officer Used an Unsecured Line for a Conference Call. Russia Hacked and Leaked It

    BERLIN — A German military officer used an unsecured phone line at a Singapore hotel to join a conference call that was hacked by Russians and leaked to the public, 's defense minister said Tuesday.

    The fallout from the leaked audio tape, which features four high-ranking German officers discussing hypothetically how Taurus long-range cruise missiles could be used by Kyiv against invading Russian forces, has embarrassed the German government and further increased tensions between the two countries.

    “Not all participants adhered to the secure dialing procedure as intended,” German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius said as he briefed reporters in Berlin on the initial results of an ongoing investigation.

    The minister said that the officer in question, whose name he did not give, had participated in the Singapore Air Show, which was attended by high-ranking military officers from across , and then dialed into the WebEx call using either his mobile phone or the hotel's Wi-Fi but not a secured line as is considered mandatory for such calls.

    “For the Russian secret services, it was a real find. … Targeted hacking took place in the hotels used across the board,” Pistorius said. “It must therefore be assumed that the access to this (phone) conference was a chance hit as part of a broad, scattered approach.”

    Pistorius said the investigation was ongoing, overall security had been increased and preliminary…

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