Germany Prepares for Election Year Hacks

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    Why it matters

    In the wake of populist upsets in Britain and the United States, Germany’s federal elections are being closely observed around the world, and there’s concern in Berlin that hackers could try to influence the outcome of the vote.

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    • U.S. intelligence agencies have assessed with “high confidence” that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a campaign to undermine Hillary Clinton’s bid for president and help Donald Trump win the election.
    • German policymakers and security experts have grown concerned that hackers could manipulate social media networks to influence the outcome of Germany’s federal elections in September.
    • The German government has increased the budget of the Federal Office for Information Security by €20 million and is hiring 180 specialists to staff quick response teams.
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Hackers are thought to be targeting the German elections. Source: Getty Images

Allegations that the Russian government launched an organized campaign to influence the outcome of the U.S. presidential election have unsettled Europe. With national elections approaching in Germany in September, policymakers in Berlin are concerned that Europe’s largest economy could be the next target.

“We of course have to assume that in the German campaign there will be attempts to influence the outcome of the federal elections,” said Daniela Schwarzer, research director at the German Council on Foreign Relations, during a recent podium discussion on cyber security.

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