BASF, Siemens, Henkel, Roche is a target of cyber-attacks

FILE PHOTO: chemical company: BASF building in Levallois-Perret, near Paris, France, can be seen at dusk on November 29, 2018. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann/File Photo

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – the German blue-chip companies, BASF, Siemens, Henkel (HNKG_p.DE along with a host of others, said on Wednesday they were victims of cyber-attacks, confirming in a German media report said that the probable cause of all the trouble was due to the state-backed Chinese group.

The public broadcasting company ARD, said that the hackers used a type of malware called Winnti, which allows the attackers to remote access to a victim’s computer network. ARD said in an analysis of the code showed that the companies had been visited by a group that is probably working for the Chinese government.

In addition, the German companies name, companies, including drug maker Roche, the hotels group, Marriott hotel, the airline, the Lion Air group, anti-muslim, and the chemicals group Shin-Etsu was also a target of the hackers, ARD reported.

Industrial conglomerate Siemens, a shampoo maker, Energy as well as the Swiss pharma group Roche confirmed that it will be affected by the “Winnti”, while BASF and Covestro also confirmed that they will be attacked.

Everything has already been said that there is no sensitive information was lost, while none of the companies responded to the question as to whether the attack had been launched by Chinese hackers on the internet.

Shin-Etsu, Sumitomo, Lion Air, Marriott, and the Door refused to comment or were not immediately available for comment.

Earlier this year, drugmaker Bayer ag, said it was a cyber attack, believed to been born in China, and pointed out the risk of data theft and business disruption in the face of big business.

There was also the Winnti attacks on computer systems at the German technology group ThyssenKrupp, in 2016, according to media reports at the time.

Reporting by Arno Schuetze; Additional reporting by John Miller and David Dolan; Editing by Jack Stubbs and Elaine Hardcastle

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