Spy Agencies in Germany Demand Right to Abolish Stolen Data and “Hack Back”
Some of the most renowned intelligence officials of Germany on October 9, 2017, urged the German lawmakers to provide them enhanced legal authority and right to “hack back” in an event of destructive cyber-attacks from any foreign power. Head of the BfV domestic intelligence agency, Hans-Georg Maassen stated to the parliamentary oversight committee that, it should be legally possible to destroy data that has been stolen from majority of the German servers and should be migrated to foreign servers so that it can be prevented from being distorted or hacked.
He also mentioned that, it would make enough sense if they could “infect” the foreign servers with a software that can enable greater surveillance of any kind of operations that are directed against cyber targets from Germany, or affect data and information, much as human agents are conscripted for counter-espionage. During the first public hearing, Maassen told the legal committee that, “in the actual world, it would seem like manipulating a foreign intelligence representative and then making them work for us…something of this sort should be practicable in the cyber field too.”
There are certain ‘hack back’ solutions or software’s, however, they are way below the expected level for incapacitating or destroying a foreign server.” Officials from Germany are blaming PAT28, a hacker group from Russia which allegedly linked to Moscow, for hacking the Bundestag, the German lower house of the parliament in May 2015, and some other cyber-attacks that were aimed at institutions, individuals, or political groups. They have issued repeated alerts and warnings regarding the possibility that there are fair chances of Moscow’s attempt to disrupt or influence the German elections conducted on September 24, although the government officials have stated that, they failed to see any drastic push from Russia to do so.
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