Germany

GermanWiper isn’t ransomware. It’s worse than that

The tech press is full of stories about “a new ransomware strain” called GermanWiper, that has hit German businesses hard in the last week.

But the reality is that GermanWiper is much worse than ransomware.

German politicians suffer massive hack of personal details and private communications

The private communications, emails, contact details, mobile phone numbers, memos, and financial information of hundreds of politicians have been published online.

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Germany proposes security guidelines for routers, but not everybody is happy

The German government has published draft guidelines on how it believes broadband routers should be secured. But some people think more could be done.

Read more in my article on the Bitdefender Box blog.

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Kids’ smartwatches banned in Germany over spying concerns

German parents are being told to destroy smartwatches they have bought for their children after the country’s telecoms regulator put a blanket ban in place to prevent sale of the devices, amid growing privacy concerns.

Read more in my article on the We Live Security blog.

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Mystery surrounds malware attack that forced German state parliament offline

According to media reports, a malware attack has managed to disrupt the operations of parliamentary business in the German federal state of Saxony-Anhalt.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.

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900,000 Germans knocked offline, as critical router flaw exploited

The Internet of insecure Things strikes again. As many as 900,000 Deutsche Telekom customers were knocked offline on Sunday and Monday as an attempt was made to hijack broadband routers into a botnet.

Read more in my article on the We Live Security blog.

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German chancellor Angela Merkel’s own PC hit by malware… or was it?

Poor old Angela Merkel.

The German Chancellor just isn’t having much luck with hackers.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

German steel works suffered “massive damage” after hack attack

Hackers who compromised a German steel works inflicted serious damage on one of its blast furnaces, according to a newly released report.

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Are typewriters really the way to stop cyberspying? Germany seems to think so

Concern about electronic surveillance by other countries has become such a big issue in Germany that prominent politicians say they are seriously considering using manual typewriters instead of computers.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

Vodafone hacker steals data of two million customers

Vodafone in Germany has found itself in the awkward position of admitting to two million customers that a hacker has stolen their personal information.

German ministry replaced brand new PCs infected with Conficker worm, rather than disinfect them

After computers in Germany became infected with the notorious Conficker worm, 170 of them were disposed of and replaced with new equipment at the taxpayers’ expense.

Wouldn’t it have been easier (and cheaper) to have wiped the drives and restored from…

Ransomware scares victims with child sex abuse images

A ransomware attack takes a sinister twist – displaying images of the purported sexual abuse of children in an attempt to scare computer users into paying up.

China blamed for EADS and ThyssenKrupp hack attacks

EADS, maker of the Eurofighter, says that Chinese hackers attacked its computer network last year.

Is your company prepared reducing the likelihood of a successful targeted attack?

German Government tells all users of Internet Explorer.. to stop NOW

The German government is clearly taking the latest critical security problem in Internet Explorer seriously, publicly urging all users to stop browsing the web with the Microsoft product until a patch is available.

Malware attack targets German internet users

A malware campaign has been sent out, seemingly just to email addresses ending in “.de”, claiming that photos of the recipient can be found in the attached file.

German ‘Government’ R2D2 Trojan FAQ

Was the R2D2 Trojan used by German law enforcement agencies to spy on citizens?

Read our FAQ, and learn more about this unfolding case.