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How does the BfV operate?

To counter espionage and proliferation, the BfV collects and analyses information on efforts posing a threat to security and on intelligence-related activities. Such illegal activities of foreign intelligence services represent a major attack on Germany's security interests.

First, it is important to assess the current threat emanating from espionage and to identify the main perpetrators and the target persons in contact with them. Counter-espionage tries to uncover the foreign intelligence services' modus operandi. When intelligence officers have been identified, their behaviour and activities in Germany are monitored. If necessary, their contacts are informed. Espionage activities are to be prevented or thwarted this way.

In the field of counter-proliferation, the BfV raises the awareness of industry and educational and research institutions on the problem and the risks involved. It also tries to reveal activities of proliferation concern and to prevent intelligence collection efforts. To this end, the BfV closely co-operates with the intelligence services of the federal states, the Bundesamt für Wirtschaft und Ausfuhrkontrolle (Federal Office of Economics and Export Control), the Bundesnachrichtendienst (Federal Intelligence Service), the Zollkriminalamt (Central Office of the German Customs Investigation Service) and the Bundeskriminalamt (Federal Criminal Police Office).

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Anti-terrorist Hotline: +49(0)221/ 792-3366

Anti-terrorist Hotline: +49(0)221/ 792-3366

Publications

2017 Annual Report on the Protection of the Constitution (Facts and Trends)

2017 Annual Report on the Protection of the Constitution (Facts and Trends)

DOI: Juli 2018
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How can I identify extremists and members of foreign secret services within my environment? - Important information for refugees in Germany

How can I identify extremists and members of foreign secret services within my environment? - Important information for refugees in Germany

DOI: März 2018
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2016 Annual Report on the Protection of the Constitution (Facts and Trends)

2016 Annual Report on the Protection of the Constitution (Facts and Trends)

DOI: Juli 2017
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Our topics – Facts to know

Our topics – Facts to know

DOI: Januar 2017
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Industry 4.0 – Challenges of a new technology

Industry 4.0 – Challenges of a new technology

DOI: Januar 2017
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Social media – Risks posed by social networks

Social media – Risks posed by social networks

DOI: März 2016
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