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Report: Left-Wing Hackers Break into Neo-Nazi Server

DW staff (kjb)August 30, 2008

Left-wing computer hackers have reportedly broken into the secure server of one of the world's largest neo-Nazi groups, copying more than 30,000 pieces of data.

Far-right magazines published by Blood and Honour
The far-right group Blood and Honour is outlawed in GermanyImage: AP

Members of the anti-fascist left-wing group Daten-Antifa on Friday, Aug. 29, managed to break the access codes and enter the databank of Blood and Honour (B&H), a neo-Nazi organization that has been banned in Germany since 2000.

"Now some people in the far-right extremist scene are going to get very nervous, including activists from the NPD (Germany's far-right National Democratic Party)," Guenther Hoffmann from the Center for Democratic Culture told the Frankfurter Rundschau on Saturday.

According to Daten-Antifa, 31,948 pieces of data were collected clandestinely from the B&H server, including 500 from Germany. This indicated that the international network is also used by members of the German neo-Nazi scene, which authorities had previously suspected.

Katharina Koenig from the Action Alliance against the Right in Jena told the Frankfurter Rundschau that evidence had been found that B&H concerts had taken place in Germany and that German extremists had organized far-right concerts abroad.

Koenig said that the new information would be helpful to police, although the data was gathered illegally.

Founded in the UK in the 1980s by punk rock musician Ian Stuart Donaldson, B&H uses mainly music to spread its neo-Nazi ideology across Europe.

The name Blood and Honour stems from the motto of the Hitler Youth: "Blut und Ehre."