La Germany intends to strengthen its protection against espionage especially in this phase in which threats have increased. This was stated by the German Interior Minister, Nancy Faeser, in an interview with the German newspaper "Handelsblatt". According to the minister, the threat of espionage it increased significantly after the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Earlier, the German federal prosecutor's office announced the arrest of an officer of the Bundeswehr, the German armed forces, on suspicion of transferring information to the Russian special services.
According to the department, a German national, Thomas H., was detained in the city of Koblenz. He is an employee of the Bundeswehr's Federal Office for Armaments, Information Technology and Enforcement, a subordinate body of the German Defense Ministry. “But these cases show that we are well equipped and extremely vigilant (…) and now we are strengthening our protection even more. We will tighten the security inspection law. In the future, all people working in security-related fields will be subjected to an even more thorough scrutiny,” said Faeser.
The minister noted that “the Chinese espionage it also poses a significant threat to the German economy and science”, and therefore Germany “must protect its know-how”. According to Faeser, Germany should constantly stop attempts to steal information from potentially dangerous actors, especially in the innovation sector. “To do this, we need to make companies and research organizations aware of the danger and ensure a high level of protection. It is also important to support each other internationally,” the interior minister specified. Faeser added that Germany is now investigating the risk of Chinese components interfering with the 5G network. “If there are serious security risks, we will ban components” from Chinese manufacturer Huawei for the German 5G mobile network, concluded the minister.