The digital association Bitkom warns of an increasing number of cyber attacks from China and Russia. “We measured a doubling of attacks from Russia last year,” said Managing Director Bernhard Rohleder in the ZDF morning magazine. There was also a 50 percent increase in the number of reported incidents from China. 80 percent of the affected companies are victims of Russian attacks.

Federal Interior Minister Nancy Faeser (SPD) and the President of the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA), Holger Münch, want to present the current “Federal Cybercrime Situation Report 2023” in Wiesbaden this morning. In particular, the number of crimes committed from abroad or from an unknown location has increased for years, as the BKA announced in advance. This also applies to the amount of damage caused to companies in Germany by cybercrime.

“The damage is 148 billion euros per year from cyber attacks alone, i.e. from digital attacks,” said Rohleder. “That is a very significant amount.” Organized crime is often behind it, but also foreign secret services.

“For some it’s about money,” said the chief executive. Others wanted to cause as much damage as possible, especially to critical infrastructure such as energy supplies or hospitals. “And there are still some, especially private individuals, who just want to have fun.”