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German Chambers of Industry and Commerce hit by a massive cyberattack


An attack forced the organization to shut down its IT systems as a precaution.

“Due to a possible cyberattack, the German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) has shut down its IT system as a precautionary measure for security reasons. We are currently working intensively on a solution and defense. After testing, the IT systems are successively started up so that the services for companies are then available again,” it said last week.

DIHK said it would inform as soon as the security of their systems had been fully restored.

There’s been no update by the organization at the time of publication.

“We will inform you on this website and 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,” DIHK said last Thursday.

DIHK’s chief executive Michael Bergmann described the cyberattack as massive.

“Unfortunately, a serious IT security incident occurred yesterday. The DIHK organization was subjected to a massive cyber attack. As a security measure, all Internet connections were blocked immediately,” he said on LinkedIn.

“As a result, the website of the IHK Mittleres Ruhrgebiet cannot be reached, and the communication channels via telephone and e-mail have been switched off. Accordingly, digital services are currently not available.”

He couldn’t say for how long the measures would be necessary.


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