Hackers steal data and wanted to blackmail insurance

HAcker not only broke into the systems of a Hessian insurance company, but also captured data from potential clients and tried to blackmail the company. The third-party liability insurance company based in Roßdorf, near Darmstadt, announced on Wednesday night that the cyber attack that became known last week “also affected personal data”. The type and extent are still under investigation.

The attackers had made demands on the company. However, in consultation with the State Criminal Police Office, the directorate decided “not to encourage criminal activities” and not to respond to them.

offline systems

The insurer was attacked by hackers on the weekend of 10/11. It was noticed in July and their IT systems went offline. After that, he could not be contacted via the Internet or by phone. Only limited business operations were possible. With 380 employees, the damages insurer manages around two million insurance contracts with a premium volume of more than 200 million euros.

According to the General Association of the German Insurance Industry (GDV), it was an isolated case and no other cases were known. The liability insurance company is in contact with the responsible data protection authority.

According to AGCS, the industrial insurer of Allianz SE, the increase in working from home as a result of the Corona crisis favors many cyber attacks and creates new opportunities for criminals to gain access to networks and sensitive information, for example because they are not. common in the home environment are as well protected as in the office.

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