The agency also reported that the volume of cyber-attacks from China had seemingly dwindled as acquisitions of German hi-tech companies by Chinese firms had risen.
The report, released yesterday by the domestic intelligence service (BfV), said numbers of cyber attacks with a likely origin in Iran had been rising since 2014, with a sharp increase last year.
The report highlighted cyber-attacks by Iran, Russia and China. Seehofer said the agency needed to acquire the power not just to track and clean up cyber-attacks but also to launch counter-measures.
BfV chief Hans-Georg Maassen said the agency was also looking at the implications of Chinese acquisitions surging even as cyber-attack volumes fell. “Getting a footing in the German market is not something for us to look at, but we do look if we have the impression that behind the possible buyers there’s a foreign state that has political aims."