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Health & Fitness: Customer data in the network: Cologne dealer Mattress Concord was victim of a hacker attack

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For years, the number of cyber attacks on the German economy has been continuously increasing. With the increasing digitization of work processes and the relocation of the own workplace into the home office, the attack area for criminals in the network increases. Cyber ​​attacks that are electronic attacks that take place virtually via a network connection. The goal: the security barriers of the computer systems to deal with, among other things, among other things, confidential data of the companies concerned and private individuals.

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as well known, the Cologne mattress dealer has become mattress Concord victims of such an attack. Around 2,000 customer data, mainly from Germany, were disclosed and published on the Internet, the company confirms on request from the "Cologne City-Anzeiger". Affected are customers who received a repayment after returns in the period between October 2020 and April 2021.

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Server with malicious software encrypted

Even with the Cologne mattress dealer, the servers were initially encrypted with a malicious software. "The harm was tried to force us with the announcement of the publication of data on the transfer of a high amount of money," says in a company communication. In coordination with the competent investigation authorities, there were no payments.

In fact, the stolen customer data were then published on the Internet, these were last but not available. One informed the affected customers transparently about the incident, so the company.

Center for Cyber ​​Security in NRW

does not comply with such ransom requirements, the NRW competence center for cyber security in the economy ("digital.keeper.nrw"). NRW Minister of Economics Andreas Pinkwart had introduced the newly furnished center in March this year. The opening of the two locations in Bonn and Bochum followed in early August. The competence center advises small and medium-sized companies from NRW free of charge in questions of cyber security.

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"We know that just in SMEs (" smaller and medium-sized enterprises "- Note of the editors) often lacking personnel and financial resources for defense of digital crime - we want to start here and point to concrete solutions," says Sebastian Barchnicki, speaker of the Management of the Competence Center.

223 billion Euro damage

A representative study of the Digital Association Bitkom published in early August makes it clear which Lossed Cyber ​​attacks have meanwhile. Every year, the German economy will damage 223 billion euros due to criminal Cyber ​​attacks. In 2018/2019 there were still 103 billion euros per year. Main driver of the increase are mainly blackmailing transactions, it is called BITKOM, mostly resulting in sequence of attacks that block the victim's system and encrypt files - so-called ransomware.

on the attack usually follow ransom requirements to decrypt the files again. "The force, with the Ransomware attacks shattering our economy, is worrying and meets companies of all industries and sizes," says Bitkom President Achim Mountain. Systems would be encrypted and the business operation was paralyzed. Stolen customer and company data not only produced reputational damage, but also led to the loss of competitiveness, so mountain.

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