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Germany Raises Cyber-Attack Warning Level Ahead Of Elections

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Germany’s cyber-security bureau said it has moved to a position of heightened readiness as the autumn’s federal elections near

Germany’s national information security office has raised its warning level for cyber-attacks and is recruiting more staff ahead of parliamentary elections later this year.

The moves, announced by Arne Schoenbohm, president of the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), follow disruptive computer attacks during the US presidential elections last year.

Schoenbohm said the BSI had moved into a state of “heightened readiness” in order to be able to respond quickly in the event of an incident, and said the office was seeing regular attacks on government systems.

“We are seeing attacks against government networks on a daily basis,” he told the Welt am Sonntag newspaper.

The BSI advises the Bundeswahlleiter, the office that oversees federal-level elections, as well as the federal states and the political parties on IT security issues.

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