By attacking the auto supplier Continental, hackers managed to capture a huge amount of data. The Hannover News Agency (dpa-afx) reported that the investigation into the incident is being carried out with the help of external experts.
The Internet attack It was actually committed in August this year, at that time Conte announced it They were able to successfully repel the attack. The data on their own systems is said to not have been encrypted, and no ransom demands have been received.
Continental falls victim to ransomware
But it’s clearly one Ransomware attack The hackers then demanded money, Handelsblatt wrote. Accordingly, the data loss is said to be up to 40TB. A terabyte corresponds to approximately 6.5 million document pages. According to screenshots from the Internet, which reportedly show a conversation between hackers and experts on the continental side, no money had flowed in by mid-October.
Behind the hackers is said to be the “Lockbit 3.0” ransomware group, which is said to operate mainly in Russian-speaking countries and appears to have previously stolen data from French aerospace and defense company Thales, according to the Reuters news agency. Agency. Now, according to the “Handelsblatt”, the Public Prosecution Service in Verden has also stepped in and is investigating an “unknown”. More details are not yet known.
Cyber attacks are increasing in Germany
Conte is not the only victim of a cyberattack. There have been several cases recently. In October, energy supplier Enercity also announced that it had become the victim of a cyberattack. Since then, large parts of the systems have been down, the company wrote a week ago in an email to energy suppliers, grid operators and other market participants in the Handelsblatt.
Hackers may have stopped payment transactions and thus restricted important operations in the company. So far, Enercity has mentioned that there may be some limitations in customer service.
Copper smelter Aurubis had a similarly unpleasant experience, as its IT systems were also the target of a hacker attack in October. As a result, the company had to preventively shut down many systems and disconnect them from the Internet. According to Aurobis, he posits that the attack appeared to be part of a larger attack on the metals and mining industry.
The Metro Wholesale Group also recently had to admit to an attack in which individual services were crippled in part due to a failing IT infrastructure.
Sarah Backhaus is an editor at Finance and DerTreasurer. She studied journalism at the University of Media, Communication and Economics in Cologne. During her studies, Sarah Backhaus worked for online magazines from Gruner + Jahr and wrote as a freelance journalist for Handelszeitung, faz.net and Impulse.