Cyberattacks from Russia are now so common that Germany must learn to cope with them as part of daily life, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday, after Europe's top economy suffered its biggest hacking assault.
Almost one million Deutsche Telekom clients were knocked offline from Sunday, with Germany's online security chief describing it as "a hacking attack".
Merkel said she did not know who was behind the strike, but added that "such cyber attacks, or hybrid conflicts as they are known in Russian doctrine, are now part of daily life and we must learn to cope with them".
"We have to inform people, and express our political convictions clearly," she said, calling on the population to "not allow themselves to be irritated" by such rogue operations.
"You just have to know that there's such a thing and learn to live with it," she told journalists.
Merkel had said earlier this month that attacks orchestrated by Russia "could also play a role" in Germany's election campaign next year.