Germany has raised its cyberthreat level to “heightened readiness” ahead of parliamentary elections, saying government websites are already subjected to daily assault
The cyberthreat level in Germany has been raised. “We are noticing attacks against government networks on a daily basis,” Arne Schoenbohm, president of Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), told the Welt am Sonntag paper.
BSI is in close contact with election officials, political parties and German Federal States to discuss how to guard against cyberattacks and stands ready to react to potential attacks ahead of the elections, Schoenbohm said.
The president of Germany’s BfV domestic intelligence service, Hans-Georg Maassen, warned in late February that industrialized countries were becoming increasingly vulnerable to cyberattacks and cyberthreat to industries increase with the adoption of digital technologies.
In the UK, earlier this month, the GCHQ wrote to the leaders of Britain’s political parties warning them about the threat of Russian hacking at the next general election. A senior Government source confirmed to Sky News a cyber security summit will also be held to discuss fears of interference from Moscow.
Spy chiefs are worried Russian hackers could steal and leak internal emails or publish private databases of voters’ political views, according to the Sunday Times.
With the French Presidential election campaign underway, France has been ramping up investment in cybersecurity following a surge in attacks and officials at “all levels” of government are on alert after a hacking scandal hit the Democratic Party in the U.S. earlier this year, said Sebastien Pietrasanta.
But while the state is beefing up its defenses, the democratic process itself remains a weak spot that is highly vulnerable to hacking, warned the MP, who is in charge of security for the ruling party.
“What worries me in particular is that MPs and members of political campaigns have received no awareness training at all about espionage and hacking” — Sebastien Pietrasanta