Apparently, Entega has suffered a serious cyber attack. As a result, the e-mails of the energy provider’s employees can no longer be accessed for the time being. This means that the Darmstadt-based company has now also fallen victim to a cyberattack.
Slowly but surely, we must be getting used to the idea that cyberattacks are part of everyday news. After the car rental company Sixt fell victim to a hacker attack just a few days ago, it has now hit an energy supplier, Entega. According to the Darmstadt-based company, however, they seem to have been lucky. The energy supply, for example, remained unaffected as a critical infrastructure. Since the company supplies its customers with water, electricity and gas, one would not even like to imagine the consequences if an attack had succeeded on these segments as well. However, the hackers were successful on the website and in the e-mail accounts of Entega’s employees.
As a result, a total of 2,000 e-mail accounts and the website had to be taken offline for the time being for security reasons. Company spokesman Michael Ortmanns emphasized that there was no need to worry about a loss of supply. Sensitive personal data of Entega customers was also presumably left out of the attack. In order to find the culprit as quickly as possible, law enforcement has already begun its work. A team from the LKA and BKA, which specializes in cyber attacks, has already begun its work. To what extent the attack in the night from June 12 to 13 will have a long-term impact on Entega cannot yet be foreseen. What is certain, however, is that people will have to live with no or at least only limited accessibility in the next few days.
No further details yet
The BKA and LKA are not yet letting any firm findings through at the moment. Obviously, they have not yet been able to locate a culprit. Generally some things seem to be still unclear in this case. It is still unclear whether it could have been ransomware. However, in view of the ongoing war in Ukraine, the whole thing does have an unpleasant aftertaste. After all, Entega, as an energy supplier for electricity and gas, would be a sitting duck for a Russian cyber attack. Russian hacker groups such as Killnet had warned of attacks only a few weeks ago. However, these are only speculations. Finding out more details is now the task of the police authorities. Incidentally, Entega would not be the first energy company to fall victim to a cyberattack from Russia. Since the start of the Ukraine war, other companies in the sector have already been attacked by a Russian hacker group.