German cyber-security watchdog raises attack alert level

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March 19, 2017 05:11
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FRANKFURT, March 19 - Germany has raised its alert level against against cyber attacks to "heightened readiness" ahead of parliamentary elections, saying government websites are already subjected to daily assault, newspaper Welt am Sonntag said.

"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 paper.

BSI is in close contact with election officials, political parties and German Federal States to discuss how to guard against cyber attacks and stands ready to react to potential attacks ahead of the elections, Schoenbohm said.

The newspaper did not give details of the number and types of alert levels but said the level has been raised since cyber attacks interfered in US Presidential elections.

BSI could not immediately be reached for comment. It is due to hold a press conference in Hanover on Monday at CeBIT, Germany’s largest annual technology conference.

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