Russia’s Cyber Forces Pose a Threat to Germany – Domestic Intelligence

The Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) has reported an “elevated risk” of sabotage acts in Germany by Russia.

“In Russia, powerful forces have been prepared for cyberattacks. Currently, they are targeting the infrastructure of Ukraine. They could be directed against the United States, Western Europe, or Germany, which would expose us to complex attacks,” said BfV head Thomas Haldenwang on Monday, May 22.

“In fact, Russia has such capabilities, and if necessary, they could be directed against German targets, particularly in the critical infrastructure sector,” said Haldenwang, assuring that Germany is well-prepared and able to counter such threats.

According to him, the German government has already detected “preparatory work,” including monitoring the IT infrastructure of supply chain companies.

A massive cyberattack targeting Germany’s critical infrastructure has not been observed so far, but there may be attempts in the near future.

According to the BfV’s assessment, the intensity, scale, and complexity of the work carried out by Russian intelligence agencies have significantly increased since the start of Russia’s full-scale military invasion of Ukraine.

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