Reportedly, the hackers attacked the IT network of the company and wanted to utilize the infected machines to extract data through malware.
The following notification was published by the company about the data breach.
“Stadler internal surveillance services found out that the company’s IT network has been attacked by malware which has most likely led to a data leak. The scale of this leak has to be further analyzed. Stadler assumes that this incident was caused by a professional attack from unknown offenders.”
The attackers blackmailed the Stadler manufacturer and demanded a large amount of money.
“The offenders try to extort a large amount of money from Stadler and threaten the company with a potential publication of data to harm Stadler and thereby also its employees.” continues the notification. “Stadler initiated the required security actions immediately, a team of external experts was called in and the responsible authorities were involved. The company’s backup data are complete and functioning. All affected systems are being rebooted.”
The External-Security experts helped the Swiss Rail Vehicle Manufacturer in investigating the whole data breach. Stadler proceeded the operations by restoring its backups and didn’t pay the ransom.
The Swiss website Tagblatt confirmed that the cybercriminals affected all the locations of the group.
“The IT network of the rail vehicle manufacturer Stadler has been attacked with malware.”
Reported by the Swiss media:
“There was a high probability of an outflow of data that was not yet known,” as the company headquartered in Bussnang announced on Thursday evening. Stadler is assuming “a professional attack”.
The rail vehicle manufacturer has filed a complaint with the Thurgau public prosecutor.
The company spokeswoman Marina Winder said that:
“The whole group is affected by the cyberattack, including the many other locations in Switzerland and abroad. Now check whether you are also reporting in other countries. In Switzerland, Stadler also has locations in Altenrhein, St.Margrethen, Erlen, Winterthur, Wallisellen, and Biel.”
The company also said:
“Despite the corona pandemic and cyber attacks, the continuation of the production of new trains and Stadler’s services is guaranteed.”