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    German Federal Returning Officer Dieter Sarreither said his team was getting ready to counter cyberattacks and so-called fake news aimed at influencing the upcoming German parliamentary election.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The officer responsible for 2017 parliamentary election said that he was going to use state cybersecurity center to prevent any attempt to influence the election process.

    "We are preparing ourselves for different cyberattack strategies, playing out potential scenarios," Sarreither told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung newspaper in an interview published Saturday.

    Sarreither also warned of possible emergence of the so-called fake news, which he was planning to counter through an official Twitter account, quickly reacting to any false reports concerning the elections.

    In December 2016, reports emerged that the German government feared potential influence on the 2017 parliamentary elections from Russia after the US Central Intelligence Agency had accused Moscow of being allegedly behind cyberattacks against the Democratic National Committee (DNC) computer systems in an attempt to influence the November US presidential election in favor of Donald Trump.

    Russian officials have repeatedly denied the allegations, calling them absurd and characterizing them as an attempt to divert US public opinion from revelations of corruption as well as other pressing domestic issues.


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