Ransomware attack on Mediamarkt and Saturn

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Ceconomy AG’s electronics stores have fallen victim to a ransomware attack. “In the night from Sunday to Monday a group carried out a cyber attack,” a spokeswoman for MediaMarktSaturn told heise online. “All national subsidiaries of MediaMarktSaturn are affected.” The company does not provide any further details with reference to the ongoing investigations.

The cash register and merchandise management systems in the branches are apparently affected. Around 3100 Windows servers were infected with a crypto virus, according to apparently internal documents that are circulating on Twitter. It instructs employees to take the cash registers off the network and not to use computers.

“The online shops are not affected,” emphasized the spokeswoman. “There is currently no need for action for our customers.” The shops remain open, the sale of inventory goods continues. Orders for goods, returns or collections are currently not possible, reports the Dutch media.

The exact extent of the attack and whether customer data was tapped is not known. “We are currently working intensively with internal and external experts as well as the responsible authorities in order to analyze and identify the damage that has occurred as quickly as possible,” the company said.

In the past few months, ransomware attacks on large companies have made repeated headlines. Well organized gangs are behind it. US authorities estimate that criminal attackers extorted around 590 million US dollars in the US alone in the first half of 2021. In Germany, municipal administrations have recently also been the target of crypto Trojans.


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