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Germany assumes Russian cyber attacks are likely during its 2017 election

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the President of the German Federal Intelligence Agency (BND) Bruno Kahl

The head of Germany’s Federal Intelligence Service has announced on November 29 that Russia may attempt to affect the 2017 German federal parliamentary election.

BBC cited Bruno Kahl as stating that his agency was aware of cyber attacks with no other purpose than «causing political uncertainty».

Parties are yet to launch their campaigns for federal elections in autumn 2017, but Angela Merkel announced last week she would be seeking a fourth term as chancellor.

Her announcement came after a cyber attack on November 27 left 900,000 Deutsche Telekom customers with their broadband service cut off. The German government has not yet accused any group for the hack, but Merkel evaluated: «Such cyber attacks, or hybrid conflicts as they are known in Russian doctrine, are now part of daily life and we must learn to cope with them».

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