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Germany´s parliamentary election and Putin´s covert cyberwar on Europe.

111cyberattackgermanpartiesGerman security officials have warned that Russia may try to interfere in Germany’s parliamentary election next year amid claims that Moscow meddled in this month’s US presidential poll.

Hans-Georg Maassen, head of the domestic BfV intelligence agency, expressed concern that the Kremlin was seeking “to influence public opinion and decision-making processes” in Germany.

His warning echoes comments by Chancellor Angela Merkel who said last week that there were signs of internet-based attacks and misinformation campaigns coming from Russia which could “play a role in the [German] election campaign”.

Berlin’s worries are shared in other EU states, notably France, which holds a presidential election next year.