(Reuters) — Siemens has launched an investigation after Der Spiegel reported that a former programmer from Russian IT company NTC Vulkan – who has reported links to Russian security services – worked for the German engineering and technology company.
The German newspaper said the worker was now employed by Siemens in Munich.
“We are taking this seriously and we are looking into this. We cannot disclose any information about the person’s identity due to data protection laws,” Siemens said on Friday.
Der Spiegel reported on Friday that more than 90 former employees of NTC Vulkan worked for several other European companies.
The newspaper said NTC Vulkan has close ties to all three major Russian intelligence agencies: the FSB, the GRU and the SWR.
NTC Vulkan did not respond to requests for comment.
A spokesman for the German Interior Ministry said the public security threat was considered high but declined to comment on this specific case.
A former chief developer of NTC Vulkan is working as a “senior software development engineer”; at Amazon Web Services in Dublin, Der Spiegel also reported. Amazon did not respond to a request for comment.