KW 23: German military is short of thousands of cybersecurity specialists, JBS, world’s largest meat producer, getting back online after cyberattack, Attack paralyzes online banking in Germany


German military is short of thousands of cybersecurity specialists: Germany’s military, the Bundeswehr, is going to miss its targets for staff expansion in the field of cybersecurity in the coming years, according to a response from the defense ministry to a request from the FDP party. The set target of strengthening the CIR command, the Cyber ​​Operations Center, the Bundeswehr Center for Software Competence and the Bundeswehr Center for Cyber ​​Security will not be reached in time. FDP defense politician Alexander Müller criticized the shortage of skilled workers in the military’s cyber sector: „The fact that over a thousand posts for IT specialists in the Bundeswehr are vacant is a threat to the security of our armed forces“. The federal government failed because of overly complicated regulations and tough procedures in recruiting new employees. The remuneration system is too rigid, and new applicants and career changers often have to wait months for responses to applications.

JBS, world’s largest meat producer, getting back online after cyberattack: The world’s largest meat processing company has resumed most production after a weekend cyberattack, but experts say the vulnerabilities exposed by this attack and others are far from resolved. In a statement late Wednesday, the FBI attributed the attack on Brazil-based meat processor JBS SA to REvil, a Russian-speaking gang that has made some of the largest ransomware demands on record in recent months. The FBI said it will work to bring the group to justice and it urged anyone who is the victim of a cyberattack to contact the bureau immediately.

Attack paralyzes online banking in Germany: An attack on the IT service provider of the cooperative banking sector (Volksbanks and Raiffeisen banks) in Germany has temporarily paralyzed the online banking systems of numerous financial institutions. According to a statement by the provider, first there was a so-called distributed denial of service attack (DDos) on Thursday. After the first attack on the IT service provider’s data center in Karlsruhe, a second attack took place on the data center in Münster. The bank websites or online banking were not available or only sporadically at the institutes connected there, Fiducia & GAD announced on Friday. The IT service provider explained that there were further major attacks well into the night, but they were successfully fended off. In addition to the cooperative banking sector, institutions that rely on the cooperative IT service provider, for example some Sparda banks and some private financial institutions, were also affected.

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Anonymous threatens Elon Musk: Hacking group Anonymous has warned Elon Musk to „expect us“ in a video that accused the billionaire CEO of Tesla and SpaceX of ruining lives by manipulating cryptocurrency markets. „This is a message from Anonymous for Elon Musk,“ a person wearing the group’s signature Guy Fawkes mask said in a video posted on YouTube and Facebook on Saturday.

US recovers $2.3 million in ransom paid to Colonial Pipeline hackers: The US government has recovered millions of dollars in cryptocurrency paid in ransom to cybercriminals whose attack prompted the shutdown of the country’s largest fuel pipeline and gas shortages across the southeastern United States last month, the Department of Justice announced Monday. On May 8, Colonial Pipeline paid a ransom worth roughly $4.3 million in bitcoin to the Russia-based hacking group known as DarkSide, which had used malicious software to hold the company hostage. Colonial Pipeline CEO Joseph Blount told The Wall Street Journal that the company paid the pricey ransom because the company feared a prolonged shutdown and did not know how long it would take to restore operations. The ransom allowed Colonial to restore fuel transport through its pipeline, which stretches from Texas to the Northeast and delivers 45% of all fuel consumed on the East Coast.

Hackers find another major data leak at Berlin rapid test provider: For the third time already, the hacker collective “Zerforschung” has discovered a serious security gap at a Berlin rapid test provider. This time too, sensitive data from thousands of test persons was openly visible. The provider concerned, MyDerma GmbH, based in Berlin, announced on Friday that the “possible weak point” had existed for a few days, but that “as we can see, it was not used by anyone”. According to the hacker collective, around 17,500 test results from the Berlin provider were affected by the security gap.

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Europol was able to arrest around 800 suspects in the „Trojan Shield“ operation.


High demand for IT security experts: Virtual attacks are increasing among private individuals, in politics and business. 47% of German companies have already been damaged, amounting to 102 billion euros worth of damage annually. IT security specialists are urgently needed in companies and organizations. An estimated 85% of cyber attacks could be avoided, explains a researcher. The prerequisite for this is sufficient investment by companies in IT security. Cyber ​​attacks are often used to extort ransom money by threatening sensitive infrastructure and data. When cyber criminals paralyzed the IT systems of the University Hospital Düsseldorf in September 2020, this caused massive problems, such as delayed treatments and operations. Due to the failure of the systems in the emergency room, one patient could no longer be cared for and died. Critical infrastructures are often attacked using so-called ransomware: encryption Trojans and blackmail software. Anyone who pays the most demanded ransom becomes a target. At the end of 2020, attacks on hospitals in Germany alone increased by 220 percent, according to a survey by Check Point Software. Cyber ​​attacks go as far as state hacking and broad-based industrial espionage. This creates a network that can hardly be disentangled for outsiders, which must be tackled as effectively as possible. The focus is therefore on well-trained employees, especially in the area of ​​IT security, who can detect attacks and take measures – because the security of data, for example in the cloud, has top priority.

German police warns of WhatsApp scam: The State Criminal Police Office in Lower Saxony is currently warning of a scam that was already in circulation in December 2020: Fraudsters use a “code trick” to take over accounts. In the scam, the potential victims receive a message from a contact’s account. In it, the alleged „friend“ asks for a code that he allegedly sent by mistake. Since the message comes from their own contacts, many victims do not become suspicious. But: The contact from which the fake message was sent has already been hacked – and doesn’t know anything about the fraud.


„The question is no longer whether you will be attacked, but when – therefore every company is confronted with the issue.“
Andriy Panchenko, head of the chair for IT security at the Brandenburg Technical University (BTU) Cottbus-Senftenberg on cybersecurity in companies.


Donald Trump wants to stop using computers: Former US president Donald Trump has called for the United States government and other administrative bodies to go back to using paper records in an effort to stop the growing cybersecurity attacks. “The way you stop it is you go back to a much more old-fashioned form of accounting and things,” Trump said when speaking to Fox Business Network on Monday.

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