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
"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 cyberattacks 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
cyberattacks interfered in U.S. 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.
The president of Germany's BfV domestic intelligence
service, Hans-Georg Maassen, warned in late February that
industrialised countries were becoming increasingly vulnerable
to cyberattacks as industry increases the adoption of digital
(Reporting by Edward Taylor; Editing by Ruth Pitchford)