German government calls for hacker warning system

The German government is planning an early warning system to protect the country's Internet resources against potential international hacker attacks. The Interior Ministry wants to build a network of the Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) that already exist in various government and private organizations, ministry spokesman Dirk Inger said on Wednesday.

German security experts have warned about the potential vulnerability of the country's networks, especially after a recent series of hacker attacks accompanying increased political tension between China and the U.S. Cooperation between CERTs should help prevent major damage from coordinated attacks on German networks, without the necessity of publicizing every hacker attack, Inger said.

"We're not beginning from zero; many of these systems already exist," he said, referring to large enterprises such as Deutsche Telekom AG, which have their own security teams, and the German Federal IT security agency Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik (BSI).