German Authorities To Investigate Defense Leaks
NEWS 10/06/2039 11:00 PM ET
German Authorities To Investigate Defense Leaks
by Kanissa Dahari

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Top German defense firms have seen plans for next generation projects penetrated.
German federal authorities will investigate "serious and ongoing leaks among defence contractors" as the "Schatten-Export" scandal widens.

Isaak Bösch, head of Germany's Federal Crime Office (BKA) issued a statement this morning suggesting that a wide-ranging penetration of the nation's defense industry had occurred.

  • "We (BKA) are investigating every scenario relating to the illegal transfer of protected secrets from defense system businesses...a detailed probe is necessary in order to uncover the scope of any crimes committed."

On Tuesday, evidence emerged that documents pertaining to a new threaded graphene tank armor produced by TFG Armaments were transited to Russian government officials.

Sources within the German government indicated Tuesday's leak followed an August incident, which saw detailed plans pertaining to the EU's Cyberhawk fighter drone program "mislaid". It is believed the plans were communicated to the Chinese government.

That bungle followed rumors (still circulating within the defense industry) suggesting that data relating to Bundestek's "Nachtfalke" project - believed to be the successor to its AR-612 surface-to-surface missile - were stolen earlier this year and communicated to foreign parties.

Further cracks in Germany's defense contractors' security networks have taken place in the past few years.

The vulnerabilities were first detailed in Harry Gilchrist's 2034 article about the shadow organization known as Callaster. The piece suggested that Boko Haram had been supplied with then next generation military technology which had shot down American fighters and destroyed Coalition bases in Nigeria.

The German government's investigation is expected to take 3 - 6 months.
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