The German federal government assumes that the next election campaign for the country's parliament can be influenced by possible Russian cyber attacks as well as media disinformation campaigns, as reported by Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, citing information from the German Ministry of Internal Affairs.
According to Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, the German Ministry of Internal Affairs also fears that hacker attacks could cause the leakage of important information.
"Germany will have to adapt to the 'new type of election campaign'," the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Germany notes.
"There is no doubt that Russia will try to massively affect the course of the election campaign," the federal government said.
According to the German government’s forecasts, Russia might carry out hacker attacks on power plants, hospitals, and transportation.
As the newspaper mentions, the government plans to create a group of IT-specialists who can protect the critical infrastructure of Germany from cyber attacks.