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Germany increases protection against cyber-attacks because of upcoming elections
12:47, 15 January 2017
Germany increases protection against cyber-attacks because of upcoming elections

Authorities warn about danger of “fake news” during elections

12:47, 15 January 2017

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Germany strengthens protection against cyber-attacks because of the upcoming elections. This was announced by the Federal Electoral Commissioner Dieter Sarreither in an interview with the German edition Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, DW reported.

Sarreither assures that the German authorities are technically protected from any attempt to influence the course and result of the election to the Bundestag via a computer network. The efficiency of Computing Center has tripled; computers will be replaced and their locations changed. In extreme cases, it will be possible to use a government center for cyber defense.

"We are preparing for the different offensive strategies during cyber-attacks, considering different scenarios," the Commissioner on the elections said.

Sarreither also warned about the dangers of fake web news, which can play an important role on election day. It is planned to use social networks to neutralize it, for example a special channel on Twitter.

In case of emergency it is possible to use the phone and fax in order to prepare the preliminary official results of the vote on the election day.

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