A massive attack hit the website of the German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) forcing the organization to shut down its IT systems as a precautionary measure for security reasons.
“Due to a possible cyber attack, the IHK organization has shut down its IT systems as a precautionary measure for security reasons . We are currently working intensively on a solution and defense. The IT systems are successively started up after testing, so that the services are then available again for companies.” reads the announcement published by the German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK).
DIHK states that phone and fax are the only channels to use to contact it.
Michael Bergmann, chief executive of DIHK, defined the attack as serious and massive, it also added that the organization was not able to estimate how long its systems will be down.
Bergmann did not provide further details about the attack, but the circumstances suggest the German Chambers of Industry and Commerce was the victim of a ransomware attack.
“We will inform you at this point and on other channels which applications are functional again. As soon as the security of our systems has been fully restored, you will of course also be informed.” concludes the announcement.
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