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Cyber Security Chief Wants Allies

  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    A number of high profile incidents in Germany recently have shown that virtually anyone with an internet connection can be a target.

  • Facts

    Facts

    • Authorities in 39 countries stopped a criminal network that was targeting online banking customers, the state prosecutor in the Germany city of Verden announced on Thursday.
    • At least 50,000 Internet users in Germany were targeted by the cyber criminal network.
    • A cyber attack interrupted service for 900,000 Deutsche Telekom customers earlier in the week
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BSI – Schönbohm
'Constantly improving the defense capabilities of the government': Arne Schönbohm of the BSI. Source: DPA

The head of Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security, or BSI, has called for greater international cooperation in the wake of a successful operation against a global cyber crime network – a rare success story amid a flurry of hacker attacks on the German government and consumers in the past few years.

“We need this cooperation because the culprits often sit in different countries or use foreign IP addresses for their attacks,” Arne Schönbohm, head of the BSI since February, told Handelsblatt.

His comments came after authorities in 39 countries stopped a criminal network that was targeting online banking customers, the state prosecutor in the German city of Verden announced on Thursday. At least 50,000 Internet users in Germany were targeted by the cyber criminal network.

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