In response to a massive cyber attack, the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) was forced to take down all of its IT systems and turn off digital services, telephones, and email servers.
With more than three million members, including firms that range from small shops to large corporations, DIHK is an alliance of 79 chambers that represents companies within the German state.
A brief message on the DIHK website explains the shutdown as a precaution and a measure to allow IT personnel time to seek a solution and strengthen defense.
“As a precautionary move for security, the IHK organization has shut down its IT systems due to a potential cyber attack.” We are currently focusing our efforts on developing a solution and a defense. Following testing, the IT systems are gradually restarted so that the services are once again available for companies.
The chief executive of DIHK, Michael Bergmann described the attack as “severe and large,” adding that the organization couldn’t estimate how long its systems would be offline. No information was disclosed by the CEO regarding the incident but the circumstances indicate that the DIHK website was the target of a ransomware attack.
Furthermore, despite the fact that it would be premature for that, there have been no reports of successfully compromising DIHK on any of the big ransomware extortion sites.