Five days ago, last Thursday, the Brugg Group fell victim to a cyber attack. According to a statement from the company, previously unknown perpetrators have “occasionally encrypted data on some of the Brugg Group’s IT systems”. The international group based in Brugg, which specializes in cable systems, rope technology, pipe systems and process control technology, responded immediately. “As an immediate measure, all of the group’s IT systems were shut down,” writes the company.
The Brugg Group was prepared for such a scenario and immediately set up a task force with internal and external IT and forensics experts who are currently conducting a thorough investigation into the incident. “Our specialists are working flat out to fix the IT malfunction as quickly as possible,” assures the company. At the same time, the law enforcement authorities were turned on and a criminal complaint was filed. There was also a report to the relevant data protection authorities in Germany and abroad.
Criminals demand money for decryption
When asked by AZ, media spokeswoman Patricia Iten said: “We can confirm that the perpetrators have made a claim for money.” This form of blackmail is common in such cyberattacks – if the company pays, the data is released again. The spokeswoman leaves open how high the monetary claim is and whether the Brugg Group has paid it. “We are currently unable to provide any further information on this,” said Iten. For the BRUGG Group, the top priority is currently to restore normal business operations. Together with our internal and external IT experts, we are currently working flat out to identify all the effects of this cyber attack
Production continues despite the attack
The factories at home and abroad were able to continue to operate normally despite the cyber attack. “The IT systems are now being restarted step by step under the highest security precautions,” the Brugg Group continues. The protection of customers and their data is a top priority for the company. The customer’s cloud systems hosted by the Brugg Group are not affected by the cyber attack and continue to operate.