Man confesses to cyberattack on German politicians

Hackers have targeted German politicians before (stock photo)

(CNN)A 20-year-old man arrested in connection with a data breach that affected thousands of people in Germany has confessed to police, the country's federal prosecutor, Georg Ungefuk, told reporters at a press conference in Wiesbaden on Tuesday.

Hundreds of politicians and public figures were among those affected by the attack, with personal data and documents released online.
"During questioning, the defendant stated that he had acted alone in the data spying and unauthorized data releases," Ungefuk said.
    The suspect was arrested in the German state of Hesse on Sunday as part of a joint investigation by Frankfurt's Attorney General, the Central Office for the Suppression of Cybercrime (ZIT) and the Federal Criminal Investigation Office.
    ''The investigations have so far revealed no evidence of any third-party involvement," reads a statement from Germany's federal crime office (BKA) released on Tuesday.
    "On his motivation, the defendant stated that he acted out of annoyance at public statements made by the politicians, journalists and public figures concerned."
    The man was released on Monday evening due to a lack of grounds for detention, according to the statement, but evidence such as computers is still being evaluated.
    In response to the data breach, Germany's interior minister Horst Seehofer told reporters that he would work to put safer measures in place to protect data in future, including a new IT security law.
    A draft bill could be presented to cabinet within a few months, Seehofer said during a press conference, but the exact timings are still to be confirmed.
    Seehofer reiterated that challenges would remain despite this new law.
    ''We cannot promise absolute, total security, especially in the field of cyber security," he said.
    The Reichstag building in Berlin houses the Bundestag, Germany's federal parliament