Interior ministry spokesperson Steve Alter said no incidents involving German companies have been reported in relation to a warning by western countries that Russian hackers may be targeting facilities researching vaccines against COVID-19.
«In Germany, thus far we haven't detected any state cyber attacks on COVID-19 related research facilities,» said Alter at a news conference in Berlin on Friday. «If companies noticed something unusual, they were asked to contact the federal agency for the protection of the constitution or the state agencies for the protection of the constitution. Beyond this, we have no knowledge,» he went on to say.
German foreign ministry spokesperson Christoph Burger said cyberattacks believed to be executed by Russian intelligence services have been on their radar for years.
He added that Germany was aiming to list certain Russian nationals and entities under the newly created EU cyber sanctions regime.
On Thursday, the UK's National Cyber Security Centre said the Russia-linked cyber espionage group known as 'APT29' has been targeting organisations involved in development of COVID-19 vaccine in Britain, the US and Canada.