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Stimme Mediengruppe ransomware attack

Updated on 2022-10-19: Stimme Mediengruppe ransomware attack

German news agency Stimme Mediengruppe published an e-version of their newspapers this week after a ransomware attack last Friday crippled the company’s ability to print its daily newspaper. Read more: Cyberangriff auf die Heilbronner Stimme

Updated on 2022-10-17: Ransomware Disrupts German Newspaper Printing

A ransomware attack caused the shutdown of systems that are used to print several German newspapers. The attack disrupted the Stimme Mediengruppe, whose publications include Heilbronner Stimme, Pressedruck, Echo, and RegioMail.

Note

  • When internet access first came about, most newspapers and periodicals used to have strong segmentation between their printing operations and their office/news production networks. However, shortcuts have often been taken to both reduce the time and cost of having online versions of the print offering as well as for remote work. If you are in that industry, good item to use to drive a review of your actual (in practice, not just on paper) IT/OT segmentation.
  • The fallback plan here is leveraging on-line versions of the newspapers, dropping paywalls to allow readers access as well as printing emergency copies at alternate facilities. Both approaches have been problematic as the systems needed to create or host the content are similarly impacted. Kudos to the publisher for leveraging multiple mechanisms to deliver information to the customer; consider this scenario as you conduct your tabletop, maybe asking a few more what-if questions, extending your definition of what’s offline to augment your plan.

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Overview

A ransomware attack dismantled the printing systems of German newspaper Heilbronn Stimme, apart from crippling phone and email communication. Read more: Ransomware attack halts circulation of some German newspapers

Alex Lim is a certified IT Technical Support Architect with over 15 years of experience in designing, implementing, and troubleshooting complex IT systems and networks. He has worked for leading IT companies, such as Microsoft, IBM, and Cisco, providing technical support and solutions to clients across various industries and sectors. Alex has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the National University of Singapore and a master’s degree in information security from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also the author of several best-selling books on IT technical support, such as The IT Technical Support Handbook and Troubleshooting IT Systems and Networks. Alex lives in Bandar, Johore, Malaysia with his wife and two chilrdren. You can reach him at [email protected] or follow him on Website | Twitter | Facebook

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