The incident was some days. On the Morning of the 24. June, hackers paralysed the entire IT of the Hamburg-based Traditional jeweller Wempe. With a so-called Ransomware is the culprit, encrypted the Server, and demanded a ransom. For this, the company should receive a password to be able to go back to the Server and access the data. Wempe paid. Nevertheless, the house to a new IT System and revised the safety concept. “We were not able to make use of our complete IT System, no invoices to print”, confirmed company spokeswoman Nadja Weisweiler the star. It was not until the early evening hours of the 28th. June, you will have access to the data. In the meantime, we have created a complete backup copy of all the data that would be separately kept in a secured and isolated.

On its website, the tradition of the house, which was founded in 1878 and also has offices in Madrid, London, Vienna, New York and Paris attack, its customers through the informed. “We have taken the Server immediately from the network and external experts in IT forensics and IT security have also been considered”, it says. Also, the LKA Hamburg and the Hamburg Officer for data protection and freedom of information had immediately been informed. Although there is, according to the current status of the analysis, no evidence of data Theft, yet you’ve prevented, after consultation with the office of criminal investigation, the external communications up to now aware of.

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How much the blackmailer demanded, and how high the sum is not, which is the company allow you to access the private data has a cost, known. “Please understand that we can’t, do not comment in order not to hinder official investigations,” explained Weisweiler. The main focus was now to make the recovered data as “quickly but also as safely as possible for us”. Parallel to this, is to be established “for a completely new Wempe-IT” system. Also, the safety concept should be revised. “In mid-July, we will be able to estimate how long the process will take,” said the spokeswoman.

cyber attacks with blackmail Trojans had provided in the past already several times in the headlines. The malicious programs usually spread through infected emails, can encrypt a computer in a network. The perpetrators behind the Ransomware, then demand a ransom to decrypt them again.

In may, the US city of Baltimore, fought for weeks with such an attack, in the case of the various computer systems of the local authorities, were hijacked. The blackmailer demanded that the city administration 13 Bitcoin, at the time, round 91.500 euros converted to decrypt the systems, and therefore for the authorities in everyday life to release. In the case of non-payment, the data would be deleted. The mayor declined to payment. To be able to somehow work, loaded the staff private working email addresses, the administration has introduced a number of years ago, on the Paper to be able to somehow move on. The damage was first estimated at more than $ 18 million (15 million euros). In March, the big group was Norsk Hydro, headquartered in Oslo, is exposed to a massive cyber-attack, and even Apple was Racketeers in 2017, the victims of Cyber.

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In the case of a Ransomware attack, the attacker is to lock specific files or even whole computer and require a ransom for the release. In may of 2017 attack have been infected in the global WannaCry-more than 300,000 computers in 150 countries. Of which, among other things, the Nivea manufacturer Beiersdorf were affected, the Danish shipping company Maersk, the car maker Renault, hospitals in the UK and Deutsche Bahn.

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But not only is Ransomware attacks pose a threat in the network, but also the crypto-Mining. In Criminal capers with the help of malicious software, the computer, in order to use the capacity for the “Mining” digital currencies such as Bitcoin. The victims remain in part to high electricity bills for the substantial energy sitting needs. The Federal office for information security (BSI) registered up to 31. May 2018 in the case of malicious programs in circulation in a sharp increase in The number increased from more than 600 million in 2017 to more than 800 million in 2018. The number of malware variants per day rose from 280, 000 to 390 000.

source: Wempe/DPA/Federal office for information security (BSI)