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Cyber attack fears ahead of Germany’s 2017 election

Earlier this year the country's state computer systems were attacked.

Picture: iStock.

LONDON - Germany's foreign intelligence chief has claimed Russia could seek to disrupt next year's German elections with cyber attacks.

Earlier this year, the country's state computer systems were attacked by a group calling itself Fancy Bear and on Sunday 900, 000 Germans lost their internet following a hack.

Russia or groups linked to the country have been regularly accused of cyber attacks.

Last month, the United States formally accused Russia of attempting to interfere with its presidential elections by hacking political organisations.

The Russian government has consistently denied all the allegations.

Now, Bruno Kahl, Germany’s Foreign Intelligence Chief says his agency was aware of cyber attacks with the intention of causing political uncertainty.

German federal elections are due in a little less than a year and current leader Angela Merkel has announced she will be standing.

(Edited by Neo Koza)