The head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency has warned that Russia is being increasingly aggressive in its cyberwar activities. The BfV agency said Friday that Russian intelligence agencies appear to be behind a years-long campaign of electronic espionage known as the "Sofacy/ATP 28" campaign, whose targets have included the German Parliament. It identified another campaign, codenamed "Sandworm," that it said appeared to be aimed at sabotaging universities, telecoms firms and energy companies. BfV chief Hans-Georg Maassen said most campaigns were designed to obtain information, but that "Russian intelligence agencies are also showing a readiness to (carry out) sabotage." This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
An employee of the German intelligence agency (BfV) has been arrested after making Islamist statements and sharing agency material, German media report. A BfV spokesman quoted by Reuters news agency did not confirm a report in Die Welt newspaper that the man was suspected of planning a bomb attack on the BfV's Cologne office. "There is no evidence to date that there is a concrete danger," he added. The BfV said the man, a German, had previously "behaved inconspicuously". "The man is accused of making Islamist statements on the Internet using a false name and of revealing internal agency material in Internet chatrooms," the spokesman added.
Anadolu Agency called on other European news media organizations to be more sensitive towards the ongoing tragedy in Syria. A three-day general assembly of the European Alliance of News Agencies (EANA) came to an end on Friday in the Czech capital Prague. Anadolu Agency editor-in-chief Metin Mutanoglu said in a speech that Syria's northwestern Idlib area was under heavy fire by Bashar al-Assad regime forces and that the region was facing a fresh wave of migrants. Mutanoglu underlined that though tens of thousands were forced to leave their homes due to regime attacks, the European news media were not interested enough in the issue. A new migration wave would affect not only Turkey but the rest of Europe as well, he stressed, adding that EANA should thus make a greater effort to draw attention to the humanitarian crisis in war-torn country .
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