October 14, 2022: Ransomware Attack Cripples Printing Systems at German Newspaper
Printing presses halted and workers all sent to work from home after ransomware encrypts all systems at German newspaper ‘Heilbronn Stimme’.
August 24, 2022: Continental Auto Group Hit in Attack
German multinational automotive group Continental suffered a cyberattack back in August and while the company said it successfully avert the assault, a ransomware group is now threatening to divulge information it said it stole during the hack.
In an August 24 statement, Continental said “in a cyberattack, attackers infiltrated parts of Continental’s IT systems. The company detected the attack in early August and then averted it. Continental’s business activities have not been affected at any point. The technology company maintains full control over its IT systems. According to current information, the IT systems of third parties have not been affected.
“Immediately after the attack was discovered, Continental took all necessary defensive measures to restore the full integrity of its IT systems. With the support of external cybersecurity experts, the company is conducting an investigation into the incident. The investigation is ongoing."
October 26, 2022: Major German Regional Energy Company Hit by Cyberattack
Enercity, one of Germany’s largest municipal energy suppliers, confirmed it was targeted by a cyberattack on Wednesday morning. The Hannover-based company said its security systems “reacted immediately” and that “greater damage to the company” has been averted. Enercity confirmed that it would continue supplying energy to customers, explaining its operational technology and critical infrastructure was not affected. “Our grids and power plants are stable and the security of supply is guaranteed,” the company stated. However the attack has impacted customer service, which has limited availability. The company added: “Not all IT systems can currently be used to their full extent, which means that they may be minor restrictions.”
Aurubis, Europe's largest copper smelting company, sustained a cyberattack. The company believes it was targeted as part of a larger campaign against the metals sector. It responded by shutting down certain IT systems and isolating them from the Internet. Its core industrial processes have continued to function. "The production and environmental protection facilities at the smelter sites are running, and incoming and outgoing goods are also being maintained manually," Aurubis said. "Transitional solutions are being implemented to make the company's full services available to business partners again starting next week. Customers and suppliers can still reach their Aurubis contacts by phone."
October 17, 2022: Cyberattack at Global Wholesale Company METRO
International wholesale giant METRO is experiencing infrastructure outages and store payment issues following a recent cyberattack.
The company's IT team is currently investigating the incident with the help of external experts. Even though its stores are still operating, METRO says that it was forced to set up offline payment systems and that online orders are delayed.
German skin care company Beiersdorf said it was a "target" of the cyberattack, which affected its IT and telephone systems. The firm's headquarters in Hamburg, as well as its affiliates around the world, were affected. While Beiersdorf expects sales worth roughly €35 million ($41 million) to be shifted from the second quarter to the third, the company does not expect a material impact on its profits for this year.
September 10, 2020: Patient Dies After Hackers Hit ‘Wrong’ Hospital in Germany
University Hospital Düsseldorf (UKD) in Germany suffered a cyberattack. Through an unpatched vulnerability, hackers penetrated the hospital’s network with ransomware, forcing planned and outpatient treatments and emergency care to have to occur elsewhere. A patient died after being forced to go to another hospital.
The ransom notes left on the hospital's encrypted servers were incorrectly addressed to Heinrich Heine University, rather than the hospital itself. After the police contacted the threat actors and explained that they encrypted a hospital, the ransomware operators withdrew the ransom demand and provided a decryption key.
One of the largest library services in Germany, EKZ Bibliotheksservice, has been impacted by a ransomware attack. The attack has left book lovers unable to rent and borrow eBooks, audio books, and electronic magazines. Onleihe, a popular online app that connects users via EKZ's service to their local libraries, reported that its copy-protected eBooks had been deleted. Bleepingcomputer reported that the LockBit ransomware group has claimed responsibility. LockBit released 100% of the data, according to Bleepingcomputer, indicating EKZ will not pay the ransom and is likely restoring from backups,
Gedia Automotive Group headquarters in Attendorn fell victim to a cyberattack on January 21. Shutdown of all systems was enforced to prevent a complete IT infrastructure breakdown. The company confirmed the attack shortly after the Sodinokibi ransomware gang threatened to publish sensitive data.
October 24, 2021: Cyberattack Cost Eberspächer Automotive Supplier $60Million says CEO
The German supplier Eberspaecher Group fell victim to a large-scale cyberattack on October 24, 2021. To prevent the possible spread of the attack within the company and externally, the company shut down all networks and servers. Later reports stated that at this point, some of the data had already been tapped and encrypted. Stellantis, Volkswagen, Audi, BMW among the automakers that could be impacted.
UPDATE July 2022,: Automotive News reports that the company is finally eliminating the remaining effects from its 80 sites worldwide. The attack cost the company a “mid-double-digit million amount,” Eberspaecher CEO Martin Peters told journalists.