Security officials have warned over the past year that the Russian government might attempt to destabilize Germany by promoting extremist parties in Sunday's vote
In this Aug. 20, 2013 file photo dark clouds hang over the Reichstag, the German parliament Bundestag building, in Berlin, Germany, photo: AP/Markus Schreiber, File
20 of September 2017 13:05:27
BERLIN – German officials say there's no sign of concerted cyberattacks aimed at influencing the outcome of the country's upcoming election, but warned Wednesday against giving the all-clear yet.Security officials have warned over the past year that the Russian government in particular might attempt to destabilize Germany by promoting extremist parties in Sunday's vote. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been the driving force behind maintaining international sanctions against Russia over its involvement in the conflict in Ukraine."We don't see that [Russian President Vladimir] Putin has meddled in the election campaign," Germany's interior minister, Thomas de Maiziere, told mass-circulation daily Bild in an interview Wednesday. "Maybe they didn't try. Maybe it's still coming."A spokesman for the interior ministry, Johannes Dimroth, told reporters that security officials regularly see cyberattacks against government bodies and politicians in Germany, but these haven't caused any major damage."Luckily we can't report any large-scale attacks. But in our view we haven't reached the point in time where we can give the all-clear," Dimroth said, citing the last-minute release of emails from Emmanuel Macron's party on the eve of the French presidential election in the spring.