Germany to field 130 agents against cyber spies, faces staff shortage

874e14 Germany to field 130 agents against cyber spies, faces staff shortage

BND chief Gerhard Schindler has briefed a small number of MPsabout the plan last week and has received an approval, reports themagazine Der Spiegel.The agency is particularly concerned with hacker attacks fromChina and, to a lesser extent, from Russia, the report says.Schindler estimates that German federal government agencies endurethree to five such attacks daily.Germany’s top spy says foreign hackers are currently only afterinformation, but have the potential to damage industry,infrastructure, communications and government processes. The newcounter-cyber espionage team is meant to mitigate thatvulnerability.The BND is now frantically searching for software experts to manthe stations in the new unit. It hoped to attract people from thehacker community and private computer security firms with highwages, but it proved to be difficult. The agency is eyeingGermany’s universities for suitable recruits now, the magazinesays.Some defense contractors working in Germany had been reported towithstand hacker attack last year, including the European aviationcompany EADS and steel producer involved in production of armorThyssenKrupp.Germany is mounting up cyber security amid growing tension overthe rising influence of hacker operations. The US and China haverecently been trading accusations of using hackers to attack eachother.Meanwhile last week Interpol enrolled Russia’s leadinginformation security company Kaspersky Lab to help the organizationtrack down cyber criminals.“Transnational crime cannot be fought in isolation, anddrawing on private sector expertise and support against cybercrimeis essential. Fighting cybercrime requires that law enforcement atboth the national and international levels works with the privatesector, particularly its forward-thinking technological leaderssuch as Kaspersky Lab, in order to keep pace with today’scybercriminals,” Interpol Secretary General Ronald Nobletold journalists.

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Germany to field 130 agents against cyber spies, faces staff shortage

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