Germany may implement constitutional changes to strike against cyber attackers

  • Roman Šulc
  • 1.12.2017 18:29

As the Federal Government Commissioner for Information Technology Klaus Vitt stated on 27 November, significant legal changes potentially reaching constitutional levels are planned in Germany to allow state agencies to carry out retaliatory cyber strikes against hackers attacking the country's infrastructure. The initiative, which follows the intelligence community's call for allowing retaliation against cyber attacks, should be completed by the end of 2018. The specific outcome will likely depend on the result of coalition talks.

In terms of addressing cyber threats, Germany belongs to progressive countries, as evidenced by the establishment of the ZITiS cyber centre and the emphasis on the police authorities' powers. As the frequency and intensity of cyber attacks increase, cyber defence capabilities beyond passive security measures are developed in many countries. In the Czech Republic, for example, this issue falls under the responsibility of the National Cyber Forces Centre operating within Czech military intelligence.

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