Arne Schönbohm, head of German cybersecurity fired: suspected links with Russian intelligence
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Arne Schönbohm, head of German cybersecurity fired: suspected links with Russian intelligence

For days under the barrage of the German press for alleged contacts through the controversial Cybersecurity Council association, he was relieved of his post by Interior Minister Nancy Faeser

German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser has relieved the country’s head of cyber security from office: the news was expected, after several local media had reported possible contacts of Arne Schönbohm with people involved in the Russian security services.

Schönbohm, president of the federal information security agency BSI, could have made use of such contacts through the Cybersecurity Council of Germany, of which he is a co-founder, according to various media reports last week.

The spokesman for the Interior Ministry made the decision known, according to the online edition of Spiegel. Schoenbohm had ended up in the crosshairs of the German press because he was considered not far from the Russian secret services due to the controversial cybersecurity association. Interior Ministry Faeser did not respond to a request for comment from Reuters.