Cyberattack Targets German Oil supplies, Report
Two companies involved in the storage and shipping of oil and other products reported on Tuesday that they’d been attacked by hackers that affected their Germany operations. Oiltanking Group GmbH and Mabanaft Group on Saturday discovered the existence of a “cyber incident affecting our IT systems” and began an investigation with outside experts, they said in an email statement. The companies did not detail what caused the attack or identify the person the culprit, but they added that they were working to determine the “full scope.”
They stated that the Oiltanking GmbH Group, which manages storage tank terminals that store oil gas, chemicals, and other fuels, operates the airports across all markets. However, the facilities of Oiltanking Deutschland GmbH, a separate entity that operates every terminal within Germany as part of Mabanaft, is “operating with a limited capacity.” In the end, Mabanaft’s German branch “has additionally declared pressure Majeure for almost all its inland supply activities in Germany,” the statement reads. Mabanaft can be defined as a distributor, store, importer, and supplier of heating oil, gasoline, jet fuel, diesel fuel, and other oil-related products..
The companies have said that they were working “to return normal operations at all of our terminals.”The German IT security department chief, Arne Schoenbohm, said at a meeting in Berlin on Tuesday that the issue was grave “but not grave,” German news agency DPA reported. Schoenbohm stated that 233 filling stations located in northern Germany were affected, only 1.7 per cent of the nation’s total. He claimed that it was not the case at all stations to pay with a credit card or alter prices; however, it could be possible to pay in cash in certain instances. According to DPA, industry officials stated that there was no risk to the supply of diesel in Germany.