Sixt, a leading international car rental company, has over 2000 business sites in over 110 countries/regions around the world. As a result of the network’s sudden attack, its activities were temporarily interrupted.
Sixt said it detected suspicious activity on its IT system on April 29 and quickly confirmed that it had suffered a cyber attack.
The German company claimed that the incident was “contained at an early stage” and that it carried out an investigation with the assistance of external experts. “Following the company’s standard precautions, we immediately restricted access to its systems and began a preplanned recovery process.”
However, access to its systems was restricted, resulting in a disruption to the operations of Sixt’s clients, agents, and business points. Only systems essential for business continuity remain operational, such as the main website and applications. The impact of the attack on the company’s operations and services was minimized, the company said.
A German media reported that due to a system failure, most of the car reservations were made by pen and paper since Friday morning.
A customer called the company’s service hotline and heard the recorded message saying, “due to technical problems, we can’t contact you temporarily, so we can only delay the processing of e-mail inquiries.”
The company has not shared any other information, but it is assumed that the incident could be a blackmail software attack.
The network security industry and the government have tried to protect organizations against ransomware attacks. But blackmail attacks are a very profitable business, and some cybercriminals are still rampant, earning millions of dollars in huge profits.
Despite the efforts of the industry and the government to disrupt the criminal activities of extortion software, new extortion software attacks are still emerging one after another, and old-fashioned gangs still seem to flourish.
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