Government focus on false reporting comes amid claims that Russia is trying to influence German election afterward this year

German government officials have said they are investigating an unprecedented proliferation of fake news item amid the reporting of Russian efforts to influence the countrys election afterward this year.

The BfV domestic intelligence agency confirmed that a cyber-attack last December against the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe( OSCE) utilized the same attack infrastructure as a 2015 hack of the German parliament attributed to Russian hacking group APT2 8.

Last month, BfV said it had find an enormous employ of financial resources and the deployment of a wide variety of Russian propaganda tools to carry out disinformation campaigns aimed at destabilising the German government.

Russia denies involvement in cyberwarfare targeting western governments and institutions.

Steffen Seibert, a government spokesman, told Germany would use all possible means to investigate the spread of fake news online, saying the best reply was greater transparency.

We are dealing with a phenomenon of a dimension that we have not find before, he said.

The OSCE, which has 57 members including Russia and the US, said it had been the target of a cyber-attack last month, but declined to comment on a report in French newspaper Le Monde that APT2 8 was to blame.

Commenting on the cyber-attacks, the German foreign ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer told: We take the incidents related to possible hacking attacks against the OSCE very seriously, and we also take other instances very seriously.

It is obvious that everything must be done to prevent and impede such incidents as much as possible in our realm, in our domain.

On Monday, the Kremlin denounced a US intelligence report that Russia had tried to influence the US election in favour of Donald Trump, and told no evidence had been produced been demonstrated that Russian officials were involved.

German officials told Berlin had looked into creating a separate branch of the governmental forces press office that would specifically evaluate and respond to fake news item. The Czech Republic announced a similar move last month.

But sources familiar with the problem tell attempts are in the early stages and may not result in any concrete steps, devoted very concerned about the government being find to try to manage news reports in an election year.

Angela Merkel, who has strongly criticised Russias role in Ukraine and led the drive for sanctions against Moscow, is hoping to be elected for a fourth term as chancellor.

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