Shell forced re-route supplies after cyberattack on two German oil companies

A cyberattack on two German oil suppliers has forced energy giant Shell to reroute oil supplies to other depots, according to Reuters and the Handelsblatt newspaper

Handelsblatt was the first to report on Monday that oil companies Oiltanking and Mabanaft, both owned by German logistics conglomerate Marquard & Bahls Group, had suffered a cyberattack that crippled their loading and unloading systems. Oiltanking had a throughput of 155 million tons in 2019, according to Handelsblatt.  

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By Tuesday, Royal Dutch Shell said it was forced to reroute to different supply depots because of the issue. Oiltanking did not respond to requests for comment but confirmed the attack to The Stack and said they “have declared force majeure.” They reportedly discovered the attack on Saturday. 

The incident follows another cyberattack on billion-dollar German logistics firm Hellmann Worldwide Logistics that took place in December.  

German officials spoke at a news conference about the issue. Arne Schonbohm, president of the Federal Office for Information Security, said the attack on Oiltanking was “serious, but not grave.” 

German intelligence officials released a warning last week about APT27 using the malware variant HYPERBRO against German commercial companies. 

“According to current knowledge, the attackers have been

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