Sometimes it is only a single Email is from a criminal sender. Disguised such as a photo of the Christmas party, an attachment that the unsuspecting employee opens attached to her – and maybe the office computer next: “Sorry says your data has been encrypted. You have to pay a ransom to get your files back.“

Bastian Benrath

editor in the economy.

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Not only private persons, such as politicians, Hacking-attacks meet. Incidents like this, there are now often in German companies. “Cyber-attacks, there are actually every day,” said a spokesman for the Federal office for information security (BSI) of the F. A. Z. “A company that has not yet recorded any cyber attack that is either not interesting enough or it didn’t notice the attack.”

attacks such as the above-described occur most often. Almost a quarter of all German industrial enterprises has experienced a survey of the digital Association Bitkom, in the years 2017 and 2018, an attack with a so-called “Ransomware” that encrypts files, or other malicious software. Some kind of cyber attack has experienced almost every second company. “Ransomware is for hackers to simply comfortable”, a statement from the BSI. Unlike other attack methods, it requires only little specific knowledge about the attacked organization.

medium-sized German companies are worthwhile goals

The German Mittelstand is for hackers to be particularly interesting. Companies with between 100 and 500 employees are affected by attacks of any kind, according to Bitkom, the most. The specialist insurer Hiscox calculated that cyber-attacks on medium-sized German businesses did more damage than American or British. In individual cases, cyber schools to criminal damage of up to 5 million euros in a single case.