Germany to develop defences against hackers

The German Government is planning an early warning system to protect the country's Internet resources against potential...

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The German Government is planning an early warning system to protect the country's Internet resources against potential international hacker attacks. The Interior Ministry wants to build a network of the computer emergency response teams (certs) that already exist in various government and private organisations, ministry spokesman Dirk Inger said today.

German security experts have warned about the potential vulnerability of the country's networks, especially after a recent series of hacker attacks accompanying increased political tension between China and the US.

Co-operation between certs should help prevent major damage from co-ordinated attacks on German networks, without the necessity of publicising every hacker attack, Inger said.

"We're not beginning from zero; many of these systems already exist," he added, referring to large enterprises such as Deutsche Telekom, which have their own security teams, and the German Federal IT security agency, Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik (BSI).

Visit the German Interior Ministry at http://www.bmi.bund.de/ .

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