Germany’s 2017 general election could be undermined by cyberattacks, Wolfgang Ischinger, the head of the Munich Security Conference, warned in an op-ed published in German newspaper Bild on Sunday.
“Outside forces such as the so-called Islamic State or Russia are leading in an information war, which is aimed directly at the vulnerabilities of our democracies,” Ischinger wrote.
“Cyberspace has become a battle zone,” he added, and called for internationally binding rules that would help fight cyberattacks.
“International law must not only apply offline but online too,” he said.
Ischinger’s comments come in the wake of reports that Russian hackers could be behind a recent cyberattack on high-ranking German politicians.