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German cyber-defense

December 28, 2010

An Interior Ministry spokesperson says cyber-attacks against Germany are on the rise, primarily from China. A new center will open next year, and will follow the example laid out by NATO, the United States and Britain.

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The German cyber-defense center will open next yearImage: picture-alliance/chromorange

The German government announced on Monday that it will create a new cyber-defense center in 2011.

Addressing reporters gathered in Berlin, Interior Ministry spokesperson Stefan Paris said online espionage and cyber-attacks against German interests were becoming more common.

"There has been a sharp rise in so-called electronic attacks on the networks of German government and local authorities," he said. "Germany is a very high-tech country with considerable experience and know-how, so of course others will naturally try to get hold of this knowledge - China is playing a large role in this."

Paris added that in the first nine months of 2010, there were around 1,600 such attacks, compared with 900 for all of 2009.

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The Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence opened in 2007Image: DW

Germany following UK, US and NATO examples

Many nations around the world have already begun similar types of large-scale cyber-defense policies.

In October, the United Kingdom announced it would spend 650 million pounds ($1 billion) on improved cyber security, while the United States opened up its own Cyber Command as part of the military in 2009.

Over three years ago, NATO fast-tracked the opening of the Cooperative Cyber Defense Centre of Excellence in Tallinn, following cyber-attacks against Estonian political websites, banks and newspapers

Paris also noted that Germany's new cyber-defense centre will combine resources from various government agencies, including the federal police and Germany's foreign intelligence agency (BND).

Author: Cyrus Farivar (dpa, Reuters, AFP)
Editor: Sam Edmonds