10 December 2018

Germany plans to respond to cyber-attacks

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The German military has the authority to respond with "offensive measures" if its computer networks are attacked, German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen said on Wednesday, amid growing concerns among German lawmakers about control of such actions. reports that Von der Leyen, speaking at the opening ceremony for Germany's new cyber command in Bonn, gave no details of what kind of retaliation she had in mind.

"If the German military's networks are attacked, then we can defend ourselves. As soon as an attack endangers the functional and operational readiness of combat forces, we can respond with offensive measures," she said.

She added that the German military could be called in to help in the event of cyber-attacks on other governmental institutions. During foreign missions, its actions would be governed and bounded by the underlying parliamentary mandate.

Von der Leyen's decision to sanction offensive cyber actions in principle has caused some concerns among German lawmakers, including Agnieszka Brugger, a member of the pro-environment Greens and member of the defense committee.

2017.04.06 / 10:24
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