Germany-based automation services provider ‘Pilz’ became a victim of a ransomware attack on October 13th that crippled much of its worldwide IT infrastructure. Although production wasn’t impacted, the company was not able to take orders or process deliveries in over 70 countries all around the globe. The malware involved appears to have been BitPaymer that appeared in the summer of 2017. BitPaymer has been tied to several high-profile incidents: Scottish hospitals, two Alaskan towns, Arizona Beverages, attacks leveraging an iTunes zero-day, and most recently, French TV station M6.
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A massive server failure was the reason for a temporary stop of production at the main plants of Porsche in Zuffenhausen and in Leipzig. In Zuffenhausen, where more than 7,000 employees produce around 200 cars a day, the production halted completely due to the IT outage. Also, in Leipzig, where the Panamera and the Macan are manufactured, production came to a standstill. The same evening, the production was gradually restarted, and the loss of production didn’t have a sustainable economic impact on Porsche.
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A Russian hacking group dubbed “Turla”, which has been linked to Russia’s FSB agency, hacked into the OilRig group, which is attributed to the Iranian government to mask attacks against more than 35 different countries over the last 18 months. British NCSC and America's NSA security officials have said the majority of the victims were from the Middle East and add that at least 20 out of the 35 victims were successfully compromised. The attacker’s ambition was to steal secrets and documents from a number of governments. The Intelligence agencies said Turla was acquiring information the Iranians were stealing and also running their own operations using Iranian access and thus hiding their tracks.
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