German interior minister cybers the Constitution

According to a new concept, federal authorities are to be given hacking powers, with the Ukraine war cited as the reason

The Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) in Bonn is the German government’s top authority for digital information security issues in the state, economy and society. Details are set out in a BSI law that was last amended by the Bundestag a year ago. With around 800 new posts and so-called „honeypots“ and „sinkholes,“ it is now allowed to lure cyber attackers and send them back manipulated information. Now more competencies are to follow and the Constitution is to be amended for this purpose, according to a concept presented today by the Federal Minister of the Interior Nancy Faeser (Social Democratic Party), who formally supervises the agency.

Accordingly, the BSI is to be given powers to prevent threats. This would allow it to „act on IT infrastructures that are being used for an attack.“ Servers from which attackers operate could then be shut down in a targeted manner. However, Faeser believes that this would not be an „aggressive counterattack“. But the German hacker authority ZITiS will also to be strengthened according to the concept and receive its own law. „German interior minister cybers the Constitution“ weiterlesen

Restrictive in cyberspace

New German cybersecurity guidelines harbour even more surveillance and centralised powers

The Federal Cabinet today approved the new „Cybersecurity Strategy for Germany“. The draft, prepared by the Federal Ministry of the Interior, is to be in place for five years and replaces the previous version from 2016. The document describes four different guidelines. Cybersecurity is to be understood as a joint task of the state, business, science and society. Associations as well as citizens themselves should also find „common answers“ to cyber threats. Under the heading „Digital Sovereignty“, the Federal Government wants to invest more in research and develop cyber security into a quality feature „Made in Germany“. „Restrictive in cyberspace“ weiterlesen