Germany is considering to adopt new law to counter the increasing foreign cyber warfare. The BfV submitted a report on the foreign and state-sponsored cyber attacks to the country
Germany is considering to adopt a new law to counter the increasing foreign and state-sponsored cyber warfare. It has been announced by Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, as he presented a domestic intelligence agency (Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz, BfV) report showing Iran was the latest power to ramp up hack attacks on German systems. According to Reuters the agency also reported that the volume of cyber-attacks from China had seemingly diminished as the number of acquisitions of German high-tech companies by Chinese firms had risen. “In response to the report, which highlighted cyber-attacks by Iran, Russia and China, Seehofer said the agency needed to acquire the power not just to track and clean up cyber-attacks but also to launch counter-measures – Reuters reports -. ‘We will maybe need changes to the law on the question of how to react actively, not just investigating, but also actively (responding),’ Seehofer said”.
Cyber attacks and cyber warfare actions from Iran are particularly concerning Germany, as they continue despite the country is hard-working to preserve the 2015 JCPOA with Tehran
The BfV chief, Hans-Georg Maassen, added that the agency was also looking at the implications of Chinese acquisitions surging even as cyber-attack volumes fell. “Getting a footing on the German market is not something for us to look at, but on the other hand we do look if we have the impression that behind the possible buyers there’s a foreign state that has political aims,” he told the news conference. Cyber attacks and cyber warfare actions from Iran are particularly concerning Germany, as they continue despite the country is hard-working to preserve the 2015 nuclear agreement with Tehran: the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). In jaguar, infact, the foreign ministry summoned Iran’s ambassador to reprimand Tehran for spying on individuals and groups with close ties to Israel, calling such acts an unacceptable breach of German law.
The worst cyber enemies of Germany are Iran, Russia, China, India and Vietnam. And even some western states
The new intelligence report, according to Reuters, said cyber attacks believed to be backed by Iran were mainly aimed at the German government, dissidents, human rights organizations, research centers and the aerospace, defense and petrochemical industries. “The observed cyber campaigns are developing such efficacy that the operations initiated and guided by intelligence agencies to gain information could pose a danger to German companies and research institutions,” the report said. Russia, China and Iran constituted the biggest cyber and espionage threats to Berlin, but other countries such as India and Vietnam, and even some western states, were also active. Moscow continued to expend significant organizational and financial resources to target German political, economic, academic and technical targets, as well the military, through espionage and cyber activities, the report said. Russian intelligence agencies continued their efforts to affect public opinion in Germany through propaganda and other means. “Such disinformation and propaganda campaigns are meant to destabilize the German government and weaken its position as a proponent of extending (European Union) sanctions against Russia,” the report concluded.