Russia hackers: German spy chief Kahl warns of election disruption..please..get a grip!
Germany’s foreign intelligence chief has warned that Russia could seek to disrupt next year’s German elections with cyber attacks.
Bruno Kahl said his agency was aware of cyber attacks with no other purpose than “causing political uncertainty”.
“Europe is in the focus of this attempted disruption, and Germany in particular,” he told Sueddeutsche Zeitung.
Russia or groups linked to Russia have been regularly accused of such attacks.
Campaigning has yet to start for federal elections in autumn 2017 but Angela Merkel announced last week she would be seeking a fourth term as chancellor.
She told reporters that hacking attacks were now becoming commonplace and people should not allow themselves to be annoyed by them.
She was speaking after a cyber attack on Sunday left 900,000 Deutsche Telekom customers with their broadband service cut off. The German government has not yet blamed any group for the hack but says “it’s hard to tell the difference between criminal activities from a particular state and state activities”.
“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,” Mrs Merkel said.
The hackers used malware to target Taiwanese-made Speedport routers and German officials say the attack could have been far worse if the routers had not crashed. “We were lucky this time – the attack didn’t work properly,” said Arne Schoenbohm of Germany’s federal office for information security.
“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,” Mrs Merkel said.”
thats strange..i thought it was the usa that actually spied on germany and admitted it??
the russian patsy excuse will become boring very quickly..you are going to lose angela and it wont be putins fault..it will be yours and yours only..