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German government email crippled by spam



A flood of half a million unwanted email messages has laid low the accounts of thousands of German politicians and civil servants this week, Reuters report.

"Our email system had been completely crippled," a worker at one ministry told Reuters on Wednesday.

A spokesman for the federal IT-security agency confirmed that the systems of Germany's ministries had been knocked out. An internal memo obtained by Reuters referred to a barrage of some 510,000 unsolicited, or so-called spam, email messages.

It was not clear whether the flood of mail was the result of a targeted attack or an internal computer hitch.