Hacker attacks: Federal Office warns of attacks on the power grid
Hackers attacked more critical infrastructure in 2018, according to a report. The Federal Government wants to found an agency to protect against online attacks.
The Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) has reported a significant increase in hacker attacks on operators of critical infrastructures. In the second half of 2018, the BSI had learned of 157 such attacks, including 19 on the power grid, the Welt am Sonntag reported , citing previously unpublished figures. In the previous reporting period (June 2017 to May 2018), the BSI claims to have received 145 reports, compared to only 34 in the corresponding period before. According to this, the BSI is also reporting an unreported number, as some attacks are not registered or reported.
The critical infrastructure in Germany includes the areas of energy, information technology and telecommunications, transport and traffic, health, water, nutrition, finance and insurance, government and administration as well as media and culture. Online attacks that cripple critical infrastructure such as power plants are a horror scenario for a cyber war. At the BSI, corporations can report such incidents - depending on their size and relevance, they also have to.
Katherina Reiche, chief executive of the Association of Municipal Enterprises (VKU), demanded in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung : "The power supply as the heartbeat of the digital society must also be part of the German cyber security architecture in the interests of national security." It is all the more important that there is a central contact point for digital security at the federal level; Only with lean structures and short decision-making channels can one react early to online threats of all kinds. The municipal utilities and network operators would have to be involved.
The Federal Government wants to strengthen with a new agency for cyber security the protection against attacks in the InterNet. It is to be settled in the Halle-Leipzig region.