Cyber Espionage

Hacking Away at Germany

Their little voter booths may be more secure than the government's computers. Source: Julian Stratenschulte/DPA

Aside from climate, trade and terrorism, Chancellor Angela Merkel may have another hot-button topic to discuss with fellow heads of state from Russia and China on the sidelines of the G20 – their cyber attacks on her own country. The issue could raise some tension at the Hamburg summit that begins on Friday.

In a report published just three days ahead of the high-level global talks, the German domestic intelligence agency, the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), pointed to a growing number of incidents of cyber espionage in the country by Russian and Chinese hacker groups. The targets include the foreign, finance and economic ministries, in addition to the chancellery and the military. Also under attack are the defense, aerospace and car industries as well as research institutions.

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