Due to the number of paralyzed computers, the company was only able to produce with reduced performance at some locations, a company spokesman said. The previously unknown attackers should have demanded ransom from the group.
Meanwhile one is on the „way to the normal state“, said the speaker further. The production will be started up. Important files would be made to work. The vast majority of sites were not affected. The spokesman could say nothing about the amount of the ransom demand. Several security authorities were informed immediately after the attack on the night of 21 November.
According to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung , the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) confirmed two recent cases without mentioning the names of those affected. One hundred percent of the servers and computers of the network had failed, a BSI spokesman confirmed.
The KraussMaffei Group with more than 5,000 employees claims to be one of the world’s leading manufacturers of machinery and equipment for the production and processing of plastics and rubber. In 2016, the group was acquired by the Chinese chemicals group China National Chemical Corporation (ChemChina). The company is not to be confused with the armaments company and tank builder Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW).