30 May 2017
| James Pearce
Deutsche Telekom CEO Tim Hoettges has challenged regulators to introduce tougher rules around IT and telecoms security updates, according to a report in Germany.
The DT boss said laws should be introduced that force
hardware and software manufacturers to update products to
address potential security breaches once they are reported to
Speaking to Frankfurter Allgemeinen Sonntagszeitung,
Hoettges acknowledged that this would require a reporting
obligation for gaps in security, in order to keep the
manufacturers updated about potential risks.
Speaking about the "Wannacry" ransomware attack that struck
a number of organisations, including Telefonica and the
UK’s National Health Service, the Deutsche CEO
said: "We need a reporting obligation for security gaps, and it
must also include state security authorities."
He went on to challenge international agencies to work
together to reach an agreement to stop hitting each other with
cyber attacks, in order to promote a digital economy.
"I wish that, as with a renouncement of landmines, one would
agree on a renouncement of mutual cyber-attacks and
cyber-pioneering," said Höettges. "Many countries see such
attacks as a cavalierdelict."
Deutsche Telekom was last year hit with a cyber attack
impacting up to 900,000 customers. Hackers exploited software
in its routers using the Mirai worm that had previously been
used to cause the Dyn DDoS outage.