Skip to Content

German asylum data could have been information source for foreign intelligence

The German Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (Bamf) is facing a headache after a significant security breach was discovered.

Published: November 29, 2017, 8:52 am

    Berlin

    Apparently more than 5 000 Bamf employees have access to the internal system “Maris”, in which more than two million asylum files are stored electronically.

    At the same time, it is difficult to understand which employees are accessing what kind of information from where, reported Die Welt and the Nürnberger Nachrichten (NN).

    Basically, anyone with access rights can see the name, file number or place of residence of the persons in question. An employee is visible on the system only if he or she changes a file. If only reading files, the process will be saved on the respective computer and deleted after three months.

    Experts speak of an “gateway” for foreign intelligence services, which could obtain information about dissidents relatively easily and undetected.

    Both media outlets revealed that several Turkish asylum seekers learned shortly after filing their asylum application in Germany that they had been defamed by the media in their homeland. It is quite possible that information could have been forwarded to Ankara.

    When asked if this had happened, the responsible Federal Ministry of Interior answered evasively. The authority nevertheless pointed out that the Federal Government was doing everything possible to protect asylum seekers from reprisals.

    The Bamf announced that from the spring of next year reading access will be granted only on the respective computer, but also centrally stored on a server.

    Keep ​your language polite​. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in​,​ for example​, ​Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.

    If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violation​s​ of​ any​ law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.

    If your comments are subject to preview ​by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.

    We reserve the right to del​ete​ comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.

    Europe

    AfD may be winner if German coalition talks succeed

    BerlinA furious battle is raging within the SPD over an agreement to govern with German chancellor Angela Merkel, before a vote on their deal at a special conference next Sunday. The AfD may be the winner because it is not part of the battle.

    Violent clashes between locals and migrants erupt in Saxon town

    WurzenIn the small town of Wurzen, on Friday evening, young Germans and foreigners massively clashed, leaving two Germans seriously wounded.

    Russian reality TV star to challenge Putin in March election

    MoscowA reality TV star-turned-politician is challenging President Vladimir Putin. Ksenia Sobchak told CBS News she will be a protest candidate in the coming elections, running for the nation’s highest office this coming March.

    More fake news: Russia plans to cut the Internet

    WashingtonAnti-Russian hysteria to influence global public opinion by Western means, is gathering pace.

    French teachers strike as jihadists create ‘lawless areas’ at school

    ToulouseTeachers in Toulouse, France, have gone on strike because they reportedly suffer daily abuse by students, some of whom have allegedly been abroad to fight for ISIS.

    Iran: EU between a rock and a hard place

    BrusselsAfter Jerusalem and Cuba, Iran is the third foreign policy issue on which the European Union is between a hard place and a rock. And the EU may be once again going against the wishes of the United States.

    Viktor Orban’s visit to Bavaria makes waves

    The Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, said during his visit to the southern state of Germany: "2018 will be the year in which the will of the people is restored"'. Berlin is furious over the visit.

    Italian anti-euro party looking strong as coalition talks gain momentum

    RomeThe party of Matteo Salvini is in pre-election talks with Silvio Berlusconi about forming a coalition, in what may become a nightmare for the European Union leadership.

    Record breaking number of car fires in the Netherlands

    The Union of Insurance Companies in the Netherlands is worried about the growing number of car fires in the country. Last year it was more than 10 per day.

    Ukraine will go after German companies in Crimea minister warns

    KievUkraine will be going after German retailers Adidas and Volkswagen because they are operating in Crimea, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin warned on Wednesday.

    Go to archive