Computer systems belonging to the German army were attacked by hackers just under 300,000 times in the first few weeks of 2017. Ludwig Leinhos, the new head of cyber command of the German army, told German newspaper Bild.
“From hacker attacks to state attacks, we must be prepared for everything,” Leinhos said. “In the first nine weeks of this year alone, the Bundeswehr computers were attacked more than 284,000 times.”
Hackers targeting government websites
European leaders have been concerned over a spate of cyber attacks targeting government websites and elections, which they suspect have been directed by Russia.
Last week, the American Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr warned Russia is “actively involved” in the upcoming French and German elections.
Edited from sources by Ella Donaldson