Oiltanking, one of the largest independent operators of tank terminals for oils, chemicals, and gases worldwide, has recently fallen victim to a cybercriminal attack. The company confirmed this to the Handelsblatt on Monday. The attack also affected the mineral oil dealer Mabanaft, a subsidiary of the Hamburg group Marquard & Bahls.
The two companies didn’t go into detail about the incident or who might be to blame, but they did say they’re attempting to figure out its “full breadth.”
“We are trying to remedy the problem according to our emergency preparations,” Oiltanking writes in a statement to its business partners, according to the publication. The incident is currently being investigated by security experts. The loading and unloading of tank farms, among other things, is hampered and tanker trucks cannot be loaded at the moment because this is mainly automated and only achievable to a limited extent manually.
According to AP News, Mabanaft’s German branch “has also declared force majeure for the majority of its inland supply activities in Germany.” Heating oil, gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel, and other oil products are imported, wholesaled, and supplied by the corporation.
Shell Deutschland GmbH, the oil company’s German division, was able to re-route to