Europe's biggest car dealer hit with ransomware attack

One of Europe’s biggest car dealers, Emil Frey, was hit with a ransomware attack last month, according to a statement from the company. 

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The Swiss company showed up on the list of victims for the Hive ransomware on February 1 and confirmed that they were attacked in January. 

“We have restored and restarted our commercial activity already days after the incident on January 11, 2022,” a spokesperson said, declining to answer more questions about whether customer information was accessed. 

The company — which has about 3,000 employees — generated $3.29 billion in sales in 2020 thanks to a variety of automobile-related businesses. It was ranked as the number 1 car dealership in Europe based on revenue and the total number of vehicles for sale. 

The FBI spotlighted the Hive ransomware group in August 2021 after their members attacked dozens of healthcare organizations last year. 

In 2021, Hive attacked at least 28 healthcare organizations, including Memorial Health System, which was hit with a ransomware attack on August 15

The FBI alert explains how the ransomware corrupts systems and backups before directing victims to a link to the group’s “sales department” that can be accessed through a TOR browser. The link brings victims

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