ThyssenKrupp’s automotive division hit by cyberattack

With a pivotal role in the global supply chain, ThyssenKrupp’s steel finds application in diverse sectors such as machinery, automotive, elevators, industrial engineering, renewable energy, and construction.

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ThyssenKrupp, the renowned steel conglomerate, recently confirmed a breach in its Automotive division’s systems, prompting the company to enact immediate shutdowns of IT operations as part of its containment strategy.

In a statement provided to BleepingComputer, ThyssenKrupp acknowledged falling victim to a cyberattack last week, affecting operations within its automotive body production division.

‘Our ThyssenKrupp Automotive Body Solutions division experienced unauthorised access to its IT infrastructure last week,’ revealed a spokesperson for ThyssenKrupp. ‘The incident was promptly identified by the IT security team at Automotive Body Solutions, who swiftly collaborated with the broader ThyssenKrupp Group’s IT security team to contain the threat.’

ThyssenKrupp emphasised that the cyberattack remained localised to the automotive division, sparing other business units or sectors from its impact. The company assured that the situation is being managed effectively, with efforts underway to restore regular operations gradually.

Reports from German news outlet Saarbruecker Zeitung, which broke the news of the attack last Friday, indicate direct implications for ThyssenKrupp’s Saarland-based facility, employing over a thousand specialists. This plant is pivotal in steel production, processing, and research and development activities, fostering collaborations with industry peers, research institutions, and universities.