Germany fires official for alleged Russian espionage

BERLIN (HPD) — The head of Germany’s national cybersecurity agency has been fired over reports of possible links to Russian intelligence, the Interior Ministry said Tuesday.

Interior Minister Nancy Faeser has dismissed Arne Schoenbohm as head of the BSI agency, the German news agency dpa reported.

A decade ago Schoenbohm co-founded a cybersecurity group that brings together experts from public institutions and the private sector. German media reported that one of its members is a company founded by a former Russian intelligence agent.

The German government said more than a week ago that it was thoroughly investigating the reports.

There is growing concern in Germany that the country’s critical infrastructure could be targeted by Russia due to the support Berlin has given Ukraine in its fight against the Russian invasion.

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