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DIHK Suffers Cyberattacks, Shuts Down IT Systems

The association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) was compelled to close down all of its IT systems.

About the DIHK Attack

The association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) was compelled to close down all of its IT systems and shut off digital services, telephones, e-mail servers, as a counter measure to the cyberattack. 

DIHK is an association of 79 chambers that represent organizations within the German state, with more than 3 million members having business ranging from small shops to large enterprises within the country. 

The organisations attends to matters of legal representation foreign trade promotion, consultation, regional economic development, training, and offers generic assistance services to the members. 

How did attackers breach DIHK

A statement released on the DIHK site explains the shutdown as a precautionary measures, and provide IT teams time to find a solution and bring out a counter measure. 

Few services of the companies are slowly getting available again after some aggressive reviews that make sure it's safe to use them. But, the restoration of service isn't complete at the moment. 

DIHK general manager Michael Bergmann via a LinkedIn post told the public about the cyberattack incident that happened on Wednesday, and noted the incident as 'massive.' Currently, DIHK can't sayfor how long the urgent shutdown measures will be needed. 

The attack shows hints of ransomware, the systems have been shut down to stop the malware from spreading further, however, this information hasn't been verified officially. 

Besides this, no announcements of a successful compromise off DIHK on any of the big ransomware websites, however, it is too soon to comment on that. The cyberattack's impact doesn't have any local focus. 

Bleeping Computers reports "individual divisions in North Rhine-Westphalia, Lower Saxony, Bavaria, and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania have all confirmed facing problems. For example, the Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Köln informed the public that phone lines work to a limited extent, while its website was still offline at the time of this writing."

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