German domestic intelligence service chief urges to counterattack the cyber actions

Germany should be able to counterattack hackers’ actions by their own cyber attacks, said the German domestic intelligence chief (BfV), Hans-Georg Maassen, as DPA informed on Tuesday morning.

‘We consider that we should not only engage in defensive operation’, said Maasen. ‘We must also be in a position to attack the enemy in order to stop future attacks’, he explained.

The German domestic intelligence service or the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) has an obligation to defend Germany against various espionage actions, reminds DPA.

Maassen warned that this year’s elections for the lower house of the German parliament, the Bundestag, could be subject to such ‘external attempts to exercise influence.’

There is growing concern about an external interference in this year’s elections in Germany and in other countries of Europe, also, regarding the reports that the Russian government has conducted cyber attacks that have influenced the outcome of the US presidential election on November 8th of last year.

US intelligence has made public last Friday a report revealing how Russian officials allegedly ordered the cyber attacks upon the email servers of the Democratic Party and disclosed the information through Wikileaks during the election, in favor of the Republican candidate and now the President-elect of the US, Donald Trump.

In this context, Maassen urged countermeasures in the event of cyber attacks, simultaneously with the statements of the German Interior Minister, Thomas de Maiziere, who recently proposed a federal structure that will ensure a stronger security.

‘Once we have identified the origin of the cyber attack, we must be able to actively fight against it’, concluded Maassen.