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Industrial espionage a growing threat

The Local · 16 Apr 2011, 11:31

Published: 16 Apr 2011 11:31 GMT+02:00

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The agency's President Heinz Fromm said the threat of industrial espionage through cyber-attacks from foreign intelligence services, was still being underestimated by mid-sized German companies.

"The number of recognized attacks on German IT systems rose significantly in 2010," Fromm told the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung. "Mid-sized German companies are a particularly attractive target for espionage."

Fromm said companies that do not protect their IT systems properly could end up paying high price, and he called for more cooperation with the authorities. "We would have a lot more success if businesses gave us more information about hacker-attacks and espionage attempts," he said.

The president said he could understand companies not wanting to reveal it when their system had been hacked, but said the authorities treated all information with the utmost discretion.

According to Fromm, the Verfassungsschutz recorded 2,100 cases of industrial espionage in 2010. "That's an increase of 40 percent compared to the 1,500 cases in 2009," he added.

He also said that the type and origins of the attacks pointed to foreign intelligence agencies.

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Your comments about this article

13:34 April 16, 2011 by Ruhetag
I can tell that the person in that photo is engaged in Industrial Epsionage by all the devices connected to his laptop and by all the other industrial espionage equipment on his desk. GUILTY!
15:58 April 16, 2011 by emale
thats the local's way to fool the mass, an electronics/embedded systems engineer working on his experiment, found guilty of espionage !!!!
08:58 April 17, 2011 by storymann
Yep, The Chinese, shut down google ,sensor language and snoop into other peoples business with out consent. was proven beyond a doubt that they have tried numerous times to hack into Boeing and other national defense contractors.

,including the Pentagon.
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