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German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser is considering dismissing the cybersecurity chief of the country because of possible contacts with Russian security service personnel, German media reported late Sunday (9 October), citing government sources.

According to various outlets, Arne Schoenbohm could have had such contacts through Germany's Cyber Security Council of Germany.

Schoenbohm founded the association. This includes a German company which is a subsidiary to a Russian cybersecurity firm that was established by an ex-KGB employee.

Schoenbohm didn't immediately respond to a message sent via social media.

Neither the BSI nor the interior ministry immediately responded to our requests for comment.

Konstantin von Notz (head of the parliamentary oversight panel for Germany's intelligence agencies) stated that "these accusations must be decisively examined".

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