Germany unveils Chinese hacking plans

  • Martin Macq
  • 12.12.2017 12:44

Germany’s domestic intelligence agency (BfV) warned on 10 December that Chinese intelligence agencies are attempting to infiltrate German politics and businesses. Fake Chinese profiles are trying to obtain personal or sensitive information useful to influence German affairs through social networks.

About 10,000 Germans have been contacted by Chinese spies claiming to hold an important position in recognised organisations, mostly via LinkedIn profiles. Companies and parliament or ministry employees are key targets. Every year, the German economy loses billions of euros because of Chinese spying. Hans-Georg Maassen, the president of BfV, warns that such attacks are not only directed against Germany but also target the European Parliament and European companies. In the attack, malicious software is introduced into the organisation's networks through key persons contacted by Chinese hackers and breaks down its online defences. As the Czech Republic's Security Information Service points out, the EU is facing a growing threat as Chinese espionage activity in both public and private spheres is increasing. Solutions must therefore be discussed at the EU level, the decision to build new cyber centers from 20 November being a step in that direction.               

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